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