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Reef Report for Friday, August 23, 2002

A Week of Whales on the Reef

This week on the reef the wind wasn’t as strong as expected with only 10 to 15 knots. The marine life has been not been shy at all, and there were lots of sightings to report.

Paul, the manager from Caravella's 149, a local backpacker’s hostel, took some precious time off to come out with Pro Dive for a 3-day/2-night Dive Adventure. © Great Barrier Reef Enterprises On the way out to the reef near Green Island passengers sighted 2 humpback whales splashing water and tail flipping.

On the second day, at Tracy’s Bommie on Flynn reef passengers snorkeled with a curious 4,5 meter-long minke whale at the front of the boat. Passengers took up the opportunity to watch this beautiful creature from the surface as close as 2 meters away from them for 45 minutes. For Paul and rest of the passengers it was a remarkable experience. On the trip back to Cairns they spotted 2 more humpbacks off Green Island playing around in the water.

Taka Dive had an amazing trip as well, with weather conditions terrific for this time of the year. The visibility at Osprey Reef was 40m plus, with a perfect 10 knots of wind. Guests on board Taka watched 20-30 dolphins surfing on the bow wake. The shark feed at the Coral Sea was an adrenalin rush. They where surrounded by 15 grey whalers, 20 to 25 white-tip reef sharks and a massive 4-meter long Hammerhead Shark.

On board Passions of Paradise, introductory divers saw a school of epaulette surgeonfish in 6 m of water and some lucky certified divers had the pleasure of playing with "Wally" the Maori Wrasse who is always seen at Paradise Reef.

Tusa Dive’s passengers had the pleasure of seeing a spectacular performance from humpback whales breaching and playing 10 meters away from the boat.

The weather conditions will still be excellent for this weekend with 10 to 15 knots and some great dive conditions forecast. Come on out and get wet!

(C) Pro Dive Cairns The weekly reef report is written by Sue-Anne Chapman of Pro Dive Cairns, who compiles them from the many conversations she has with divers, dive instructors, captains, and others in the Cairns dive community. The report is published weekly in the Cairn Post, the local daily paper and appears here thanks to the courtesy of Pro Dive Cairns.

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