Great Barrier Reef - Low Isles

Trip Start Jul 26, 2013
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Trip End Aug 30, 2013


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Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Can't really say more than a totally totally amazing day from beginning to end. We all snorkelled over the reef after arriving on a huge sailing catamaran, Felix as usual swimming off with no regard for safety while Rosie took hours to get her mask on as it ' didn't feel right', then didn't like the snorkel. Dylan was dressed in his full body protection in no time at all, only to find his snorkel didn't work when he was out of his depth over the reef. Quite hard knowing what to do in those situations where you need to split yourself three ways. Quick calculation - enough lifeguards to deal with Dylan, Felix - too far away and lots of people around so quickly shoved the mask on Rosie, told her Felix was in trouble then zoomed off after Felix who had managed to get himself deep into the coral but shouting in glee at all the cool stuff he could see.
Once Rosie had got over the mask and snorkel, she was like a fish to water. Unfortunately Felix had run out of steam at this point, grandad was now in the water looking after Dylan so I got Felix out , stripped him off and left him on the beach searching for ' interesting stuff' much against my better judgment before returning to Rosie who was now alone in the water and worrying a bit.
Finally Dylan, Rosie and I went for a great snorkel with the camera. We saw loads of fish - even a clown fish ( think Nemo), and a huge turtle swam under us. When we got back to the boat for lunch we also saw some sharks, with their babies, which according to our guide tend to be the most aggressive as they are looking after their young. Glad we were out of the water then? And more glad I hadn't seen those fins while Felix had been out swimming solo!
In the afternoon we had a tour of the reef and beach area with the marine biologist with us. He told us lots of stuff about how much environmental damage is being done - in the last 28 yrs , coral reefs have shrunk by 50% globally - scary thought, and also pointed out dangerous shells ( none of which were found by Felix on his 'interesting stuff' hunt ( luckily), and some poisonous anemonies ( one of which Rosie managed to touch while taking a picture, resulting in a panic), and also rather cool spider shells.
Finally back on the catamaran for our home leg, we saw more sharks, circling the boat, and the highlight - a whale and her calf swimming right next to our boat, which my camera really couldn't capture in full splendour, though did get some good video. Absolutely amazing day had by all!!
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