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Reef Report for Wednesday, August 7, 2002

Sun Shines on the Reef

The sun continued to shine throughout the week with wind conditions varying from 15 to 25 knots.

Dive Instructor Yani on board SCUBAPRO 2 reported that her Open water students treated to visit from a Green Turtle who accompanied them for a short time on their very first training dive. © Dive The Reef Later on the trip they also spotted a school of large bump-headed parrotfish during a night dive.

On board Passions of Paradise guests were treated to sighting of minke whales. A mother with her calf came close enough to the boat the skipper had to shut down the engines to avoid any possibility of injury to the new family. Other members of the pod lingered a bit further away from the boat to watch what was going on.

Calypso Reef Charters had a very special sighting of whales both humpback and minke whales. Two magnificent humpbacks were cruising in unison in front of Calypso on their way back to Port Douglas. Passengers on board Calypso were elated with this awesome sight. Divers had a rare sighting of a Manta ray as well as moray eels, dolphins, reef sharks and the usual, but always spectacular schools of brilliant tropical reef fish.

Reef Magic guests were taken to Milln Reef where the underwater visibility was an incredible 25m. The great visibility enabled divers and snorkelers to see the abundant and colourful fish and other reef life.

This week passengers on board Taka II had the pleasure of seeing Hammerhead sharks and Oceanic Silver tips whilst diving at Osprey Reef. At Opal Reef there was also a sighting of a Tawny Nurse shark and Moray Eel. The visibility has been at 30m along the Ribbon Reefs and 40m plus at Osprey Reef.

The weather people predict this coming week, we should experience SE winds blowing 20 to 25 knots with the water temperature still around 24C.

Happy Diving and Snorkeling!

(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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