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Reef Report for Thursday, September 27, 2001

Lumpy, Bumpy, Beautiful

The lumpy and bumpy conditions throughout the week have failed to deter avid divers from visiting the Tropical Queensland’s main attraction. The winds have been blowing up a storm with, most sites experiencing anything from 8-15 metres visibility and winds up to 25 knots.

Keen divers onboard Taka II braved high seas to visit the Cod Hole and Ribbon Reefs. © Dive The Reef Despite the 25-knot winds, up to 20 metres visibility was experienced at most sites. Cod Hole is best known for its abundance of over-sized cod that inhabit the area. One of the highlights of the trip is the cod feed, where passengers are able to get an up close and personal encounter (and maybe even a bit of a grope!) with the giant fish while crew lure them with treats. Certified divers reported sighting numerous species of sharks; white tip, leopard, epaulette and wobbegong to name a few. Also spotted were giant cuttlefish, ribbon eels and a Snake Moray Eel.

Reef Magic took visitors to Saxon reef where passengers were treated to sightings of turtles, turtles and more turtles. Certified divers took part in a drift dive down the wall, enjoying the fish life and swimming through a large school of juvenile barracuda.

Passions of Paradise took shelter from the battering winds at Clam Gardens on Upolu Cay. Introductory divers spotted white tip reef sharks (which are quite common in the waters around this cay), sand rays, blue spotted lagoon rays and numerous schools of spangled emperors.

The weekend should see conditions calm a little with SE winds dropping to 15 - 20 knots by Saturday evening. The water has been a toasty 25° C, so everyone should be getting his or her feet 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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