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Old 01/04/2007, 04:39 PM   #26
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Great Pics.

I did a Mike Ball live aboard trip in August. Had the time of my life. Absoutely stunning!!


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Old 01/04/2007, 05:49 PM   #27
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All I can say is Wow! Thank you for sharing .


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Old 01/06/2007, 10:59 PM   #28
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Ok, due to popular demand, i will post some more photos.
There are also some movies here, and if you click on the link, it should take you to the photobucket website where you can play the movie.
Enjoy, and let me know if more are wanted, i have thousands of them!














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Old 01/06/2007, 11:06 PM   #29
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Old 01/06/2007, 11:13 PM   #30
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Old 01/06/2007, 11:15 PM   #31
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I have some movies as welll as a heap more photos if people want to see.
Let me know!


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Old 01/07/2007, 11:29 PM   #32
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This is awesome! Thanks for all of the fantastic pictures!


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Old 01/08/2007, 12:11 AM   #33
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Edr42, I can honestly say those are some of the most beautiful reef photos I've ever seen- Thanks so much

Hope you won't mind an off topic question: do wallabies wander around the streets there? I ran across some photos for Townsville (in my quest to determine if Townsville needs me to move there and open up a Tex/Mex/Cajun restaurant) and it was mentioned that there were wallabies right outside the dorm.


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Old 01/08/2007, 12:45 AM   #34
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yup, the wallabies are all over the place
They mostly come out at dawn and dusk and just sit in the shade during the day, but they do wander about.
Any sort of restauraunt would go down well in Townsville, and if you aim at the uni (JCU) there will be no shortage of customers at all. Incidentally, about a third of JCU is American exchange students, and the first thing they all do is look for the local mexican place, of which there is only one.


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Old 01/08/2007, 12:23 PM   #35
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Great photos! How is the overall health of the reef there? I'm wondering if you are seeing any dead/dieing corals? Diseased corals? Crown of thorns out of proportion? It seems from the pics that everything is looking pretty good.
Thanks again for the photos.


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Old 01/08/2007, 07:44 PM   #36
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WOW. It is so cool that you live so close to the reef. it must be temting to grab stuff and take it home, huh?


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Old 01/08/2007, 10:28 PM   #37
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Amazing pics. Thanks for posting such beauty.


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Old 01/09/2007, 06:01 PM   #38
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The reef is really in pretty good condition. Australia has much more resources to spread around to protect the reef, so there are literally millions of untouches (and unseen) reefs that are protected from exploitation. Some of the inshore and tourist reefs are run down, with broken up and bleached corals, but the vast majority are just like the photos. Just make sure you take a dive boat that goes away from the usual spots.

If you have the appropriate licences, you can just wander out and collect your own specimens, there are howere very strict bag limits and impact prevention measures that make sure noone goes out there with a trawl net and pick axe to collect fish and corals. I am always very careful when i go out collecting.


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Old 01/09/2007, 06:07 PM   #39
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A couple more photos and movies:


This is my usual dive spot, not bad is it?




Does anyone have an ID for this clam?




A curious sea snake






This is the hull of the SS Yongala wreck, the diver gives a good idea of the scale.


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Old 01/09/2007, 06:17 PM   #40
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Wow I have dove all over the Carribean and in South America and seen a lot but haven't made it there yet.. I am jealous... Nice pictures


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Old 01/09/2007, 06:48 PM   #41
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yup, the wallabies are all over the place
They mostly come out at dawn and dusk and just sit in the shade during the day, but they do wander about.
Any sort of restauraunt would go down well in Townsville, and if you aim at the uni (JCU) there will be no shortage of customers at all. Incidentally, about a third of JCU is American exchange students, and the first thing they all do is look for the local mexican place, of which there is only one.
It's hard to imagine wallabies all around -- I'd have to go to the zoo to see one.

Only one Mexican restaurant? That's hard to imagine, too. Here in Houston there's almost literally one on every corner - lol.


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Old 01/09/2007, 06:53 PM   #42
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wow!!!
Thanks for the great pics


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Old 01/10/2007, 01:18 PM   #43
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Absolutely stunning photos, thanks for sharing! And thanks to melev for letting people know about this thread


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Old 01/10/2007, 05:46 PM   #44
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This is my usual dive spot, not bad is it?
It's ok, if you like that sort of thing -

I feel like I'm getting to know that big parrot fish. Do you see any of the same fish when you go back to the same spots?


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Old 01/11/2007, 03:06 PM   #45
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Some of the more recognisable fish (like Elvis the giant barracuda, and VW the Giant Grouper) are definately regulars, and a lot of the other smaller fish are too.
The clowns don't stray too far, and the turtles can be identified, and it is very likely that most of the fish are residents, but there are just too many to keep track of.


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Old 01/11/2007, 03:07 PM   #46
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dammit, leaned on the keyboard.



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Old 01/11/2007, 03:19 PM   #47
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On the subject of regulars, these are some regulars that i play around with down in Sydney, where i'm currently spending the summer break.


Giant Cuttlefish setting up an ambush


The same Cuttle 30 seconds later, incidentaly this is just before he came over and tried to grab my mask, very curiuos creature.


This is Bluey, my wild pet Blue Grouper, he likes a pat and a sea urchin every now and then.






This is just an interesting nudibranch.


A friendly Banjo ray that lets me pat him now.


Truncate Coralfish, always in the same area, and always in pairs.


Waratah Anemone (it just looks nice)


Juvenile White Ear damsel (gotta catch one of these for my tank!)


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VERY nice pictures.
you are sooo lucky to live there. it is one of my goals in life, to dive in the Great Barrier Reef.
have any more?


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Old 01/11/2007, 08:13 PM   #49
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Wow! This thread gets better and better. So the grouper can bite down on an urchin with all those spines?

Thanks again for all the eye candy! You've got some excellent shots. Could that water be any more blue!


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Old 01/11/2007, 08:17 PM   #50
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Bluey seems to love chomping on sea urchins, and gets quite excited when i give him one. Those thick rubberoid lips are super tough and fishes mouths are largely thick, insensitive tissue.
There are plenty more photos, i'm still sorting through my photo album, so more will be posted.
At the moment i'm off for a dip, might go say hello to bluey...


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