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Reef Report for Friday, August 27, 2004

September and October on the Great Barrier Reef
The Best Diving Months of the Year!

Just recently we have noticed hints of what can be a very subtle and quick change of weather patterns that lead into and create the amazing dive conditions that are so common here in September and October.

The trade winds are weakening and changing direction, the days are getting warmer, and water temperatures are starting to rise. This combination creates super visibility and really comfortable water temperatures, without the humidity and hot sun that we find later in the year.

Itís a time when the organisms on the reef begin their reproductive cycles, the intent being to have young at a size to take advantage of the plentiful food supplies that follow the spawning of reef corals in November. There is lots of interesting behavior can be seen from reef fish and invertebrates, especially the cuttlefish.

September and October are the time when the most jaded local divers, spoiled by year-round access to the reef, dig out their gear and head to the reef. Our only complaint about these months is that mangos are not yet in season, so we have to make do with pineapples, passion fruit, papaya, etc. Somehow we manage!

So, why not take this invitation and join us! Itís not too late to hop a flight and get in some great diving!

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The weekly reef report is written by Joel Groberg of DiveTheReef.com, who compiles them from the many conversations he has with dive staff in the area, as well as† many other local sources in the dive community.

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