Na­tional trea­sure

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -

YESTERDAY was one of the most spe­cial days of my life.

I was scuba div­ing at the north­ern end of Hook Is­land at one of my favourite dive sites.

First of all I saw a green tur­tle float­ing by and swam along­side as it glided through the wa­ter.

Next I saw a white tip reef shark swimming stealth­ily by. What I saw next made this dive one I will never for­get.

Three hump­back whales, two fully grown adults and a calf just me­tres from me.

I saw the bar­na­cles on their heads and the sucker fish cling­ing on for a free ride. I then re­alised the sheer size, power and beauty of these crea­tures.

To date this is the most mag­i­cal mo­ment I have ever ex­pe­ri­enced. I am a dive in­struc­tor liv­ing and work­ing in the area and ev­ery day I ap­pre­ci­ate how lucky I am to earn a liv­ing by shar­ing my pas­sion for the un­der­wa­ter world with thou­sands of tourists each year.

The Great Bar­rier Reef is a na­tional trea­sure and needs to be ex­plored and pro­tected for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

Please re­alise how dam­ag­ing some of our ac­tions as hu­mans can be for the en­vi­ron­ment. Eileen Davis, Su­gar­loaf

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