REEF DE­FIES DEB­BIE

Whitsunday Times - - FRONT PAGE - Ja­cob Wil­son ja­cob.wil­son@whit­sun­day­times.com.au

TOURISTS can rest as­sured know­ing Hardy Reef is in good shape.

Reef Sa­fari divers in­spected the outer-reef des­ti­na­tion in the af­ter­math of Cy­clone Deb­bie and took pho­to­graphs which told a pos­i­tive story about the health of marine life.

Cruise Whit­sun­days gen­eral man­ager of op­er­a­tions Gary Kilby said the pictures re­vealed “good news”.

“Due to the large wave ac­tion there are some more frag­ile corals that did in­cur some dam­age, but over­all de­spite the cir­cum­stances the good news is the co­ral is still in good shape, still vi­brant and marine life still present,” he said.

Reef Sa­fari co-owner Peter Far­rell took six dives to the Hardy Reef spot since Cy­clone Deb­bie hit and said he was pleas­antly sur­prised with what he saw.

“There is some dam­age, mostly to the faster grow­ing species of co­ral which are gen­er­ally dam­aged eas­ily... but some parts of the reef still look re­ally good,” he said.

Mr Far­rell noted the di­ver­sity of marine life avail­able in­clud­ing turtles and a wide va­ri­ety of reef fish.

PHOTO: REEF SA­FARI

PIC­TURESQUE: A Reef Sa­fari diver re­veals good news for the state of Hardy Reef with a visit to Nemo and other marine life.

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