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Reef Report for Saturday, September 7, 2002

Perfect Dive Conditions Highlight the Week

The weather this week made for some really terrific diving for both certified divers and snorkelers. Winds averaged 10 to 15 knots, just enough to keep things comfortable, with an abundance of sunshine. © Great Barrier Reef Enterprises Water temperatures are slowly heating up, and it is a nice and pleasant 25 - 26 degrees out there.

Tusa Dive had 25 to 30 metres visibility most days at their sites while Reef Magic Cruises visited sites such as Saxon, Hastings, Moore and Thetford Reefs during the week. On most sites visibility was also 20 to 25 metres and all divers really enjoyed some excellent drift, wall and coral garden dives. An abundance of marine life was enjoyed by all, with plenty of turtles, lion fish and reef sharks about. Also a sighting of a mother humpback whale and her calf humpback whale provided passengers with a magnificent display of power and beauty.

Passions of Paradise visited Paradise Reef and their passengers really enjoyed some very interesting sightings during the week. Introductory divers saw a pair of long-nosed butterfly fish as well as a colourful school of red emperor snapper. © Great Barrier Reef Enterprises One pair of lucky certified divers spotted a Green Sea turtle in 12 m of water. Other divers reported seeing spotted unicorn fish as well as some Chinese footballer trout. Visibility again was between 15 and 20 meters, with calm surface conditions.

Customers on Taka II Code Hole and Coral Sea trip received excellent weather conditions as well. With water temperatures around 25 - 27 degrees, minimal wind and plenty of sunshine who would really want to be on land this week? Up to 30 metres visibility was enjoyed along the Ribbon reefs with 50 metres plus at Osprey reef. Taka II passengers got to see a pod of 20 plus dolphins surfing the bow wave. Also spotted were moray eels, barramundi cod, potato cod and white-tip reef sharks.

The weather for this week-end is predicted to more of this incessant patter on near perfect weather, with winds around 10-15 knots and plenty of sunshine, even the most talented procrastinator is going to run out of excuses soon, so get out there!

(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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