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Filled with life.
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Look Ma, no wetsuit!


The last two weeks have been the absolute best ever. We had a two-week break off from school, and I used the opportunity to see out what the state of Queensland has to offer. What you see here was the pinnacle of the whole trip - scuba diving at the Great Barrier Reef. 

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Good to go.
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Some blue fish.


Water temperature out at the Reef was an amazing +27c - ridiculous considering that Finland doesn't even get air temperatures that high too often. Sun was shining and clouds were nowhere to be seen and the winds were calm out at the sea.

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A mix of different corals.
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Exploring the shore of Michaelmas Cay.


Our dive site was near Michaelmas Cay in the Outer Reef area, where we spent overnight on a boat. I'm not certified for diving but that didn't seem to be a problem and I could do four dives in the two days we were out there. In addition, I did some snorkelling (which feels rather lame after you've had the freedom of diving really) and, of course, took lots of photos with an underwater camera we rented out at a local camera store in Cairns.

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Green Turtle.
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Nemo at home.

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A burning red fish.
 
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Humbug Damsels.
 


Roaming through the seafloor made me feel like a kid again. Everything I saw was new to me and there's so much to explore, that I just kept losing the track of time and place altogether. The deepest I dove was 16.4 meters, and being so down it's hard to keep your direction back to the boat. Good thing I was diving with an instructor who looked out for when it was time to go back.

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Male Bicolor Parrotfish.
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Pretty deep - 16.4 meters.


The most breathtaking moment was to get to pet a Green Turtle. It was amazing how calm they were around divers, in fact they were approaching us before we even noticed them. Also, I saw a Stingray, some kind of eel, lots of Giant Clams and so many Angelfishes, Damselfishes, Parrotfishes and others I don't even know a name for. For a lot of the fishes you see here I have no idea what their names are even though I tried to look them up at ReefImages, so any advice is welcome.

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A man's best friend.
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A Stingray.

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A Giant Clam.
 
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Uh, does it bite?
 


Too bad I didn't see a shark, as that would've crowned the whole trip. Reef Sharks are pretty common and some others said they saw them, but they managed to elude my sight anyway. Seeing Nemo, or the Clownfish, at its home made up for that though.

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A Yellowtailed Fusilier.
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A Redfin Butterflyfish couple - Married for life.


During the past two weeks, I managed to adventure to other places as well. I'll prepare some photos of those trips, but meanwhile, there are some more photos in my Reef Photo gallery, so make sure you check them out also.

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Reef view.
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A yellow-striped fish.

 

Last Updated (Friday, 16 May 2008 11:47)