Crea­tures of deep ar­rive

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

LO­CAL wa­ters are com­ing alive with sight­ings of some of our favourite ma­rine crea­tures, in­clud­ing species once con­sid­ered rare in these parts.

Whale sharks, minke whales, manta rays and dol­phins have been spot­ted over re­cent weeks by lo­cal reef snorkel and dive boats.

Whale shark sight­ings were quite un­usual in the Far North but there have been sev­eral around Rib­bon Reef re­cently.

Po­sei­don owner Peter Wright said it was ex­cit­ing to see the mon­strous crea­tures in their el­e­ment.

“We as­sume they are com­ing be­cause of the nu­tri­ents in the water here a plank­ton are plen­ti­ful right now.

“We’ve had two re­cent sight­ings on Po­sei­don and one on Sail­away.”

Vis­i­tors to Four Mile Beach were sur­prised to see a three-me­tre manta ray last week, mere me­tres away from the shore.

The first of the minke whales to re­turn to the area were also spot­ted last week by Sail­away owner Steve Ed­mond­son, who has also spot­ted cu­ri­ous dol­phins swim­ming right up to the boats to have a look lately.

“It’s great for tourists com­ing out on day trips to get a chance to in­ter­act with the ma­rine life in such a way,” he said.


Spot­ted: a whale shark seen by Mike Ball Dive Ex­pe­di­tions at Rib­bon Reefs

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