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Reef Report for Saturday, August 26, 2000

Dive Into Reef Life

Whales, turtles, sharks, and nudibranchs --the list of fabulous ocean dwellers never ends.

Scuba instructors Grant and Steph were guests on board TUSA this week and gave me a glowing report from the reef, raving about the brilliant sunbathing opportunities, glassy water conditions, and a serious lack of swell.

Diving at Saxon Reef, they experienced 25 metres visibility. © Great Barrier Reef Enterprises In these pristine conditions they frolicked at length with a small and incredibly friendly green turtle and saw at least eight white tip reef sharks cruising the waters across their path. An amazing number of fish were present, drawn to the area by a slight current that kept the food chain stimulated and active.

On the way back to land, TUSA guests saw two adult humpback whales about six kilometres from the outermost channel markers. Breaching almost totally out of the water, one of the humpbacks had a significant mark on his dorsal fin--an unfriendly encounter with another creature of the deep maybe?

Trip director Dave on board TAKA had a number of incredible encounters while diving this week. At Osprey Reef, divers experienced 40 metres visibility. During a shark feed frenzy, guests were thrilled by two gray hammerheads, a scalloped hammerhead, two silver tips, and about 25 gray whalers.

While diving at North Horn, the scarce Ribbon Eel was spied twice. TAKA does extended trips out to Cod Hole and the Coral Sea. Both trips offer superb diving for those with a few extra days up their sleeves. The fantastic dive conditions we’ve had must have tempted those of you stuck in the office. Take a break and come on out! Conditions will continue to impress us with winds blowing lightly southeast to northeast at 10-15 knots.

(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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