Friday, February 20, 2009
Eddy Reef, Mission Beach
We were dropping bread into the water to attract the fish. I caught, (no pun intended,) a couple of fish (Yellowback Fusilier) as they jumped out of the water for the morsel.
Richard, who picked me up at my campsite early in the morning for a day on the reef, said "The locals call this a "five-knot fever" day." That's when the wind is light and the sea so calm, that the locals take the day off and head to the reef.
[It's exactly like a "snow day" only completely different! :-)]
This day was a perfect 10. I spent more than three hours floating and snorkeling over the most awesome coral reef in the world. In some areas there was less than three feet of water between me and the coral and I had to be careful not to hit the coral with my fins. With full sun and excellent visibility, it was like swimming in an aquarium. There were hundreds of species of fish, most of which were swimming inches from my mask. I wish I had an under water camera to be able to share it with you... maybe next time.
The lighter areas of the image indicate a sandy bottom.
The darker areas are coral reefs.
Posted by Jeff at 7:56 PM