Reef Report for Saturday, August 5, 2000
Fitzroy is the Real McCoy!
Itís been another magical week on the Great Barrier Reef! Humpback whales were sighted at a number of locations, including Fitzroy Island. If that isnít exciting enough, thereís a new dive tour operation on the block thatís been dishing up great underwater adventure.
Jim of Fitzroy Island Dive reported seeing several humpback whales on the backside of the island and languishing in the calm waters between the island and the mainland. He added that divers were having a brilliant time in the recent pristine conditions, spotting manta rays at Gap mooring. On one rare occasion, a very lucky diver came face to face with a Bottlenose Dolphin. This beautiful creature ducked down to the hovering diver at 10 metres and poked its nose at the diverís mask!
Fitzroy Island Dive has been successfully running for six months. An alternative to boat diving, the new dive center offers a variety of both educational and recreational scuba programs. Dive sites are available from shore and tender, an alternative to reef diving. Each offers both the certified diver and novice optimal exposure to large populations of a variety of fish species. This is an exciting new operation that not only gets you diving, but re-acquaints you with beautiful Fitzroy Island.
Visibility has again surpassed all expectations this week and should continue over the weekend. Passions of Paradise experienced 25 metres at the Fish Market mooring and divers were treated to two inquisitive white tip reef sharks exploring the coral shelf. Visibility has also been impressive on the northern reefs with 20-30 metres being reported.
The good weather may be a little tainted this weekend, as southeast winds will increase from 20- 30 knots. There may also be a few isolated showers.
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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