Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Coral not dead after all
There have been incessant fake-news proclamations from Greenies about the Northern third of Australia's Great Barrier Reef being all but dead. Problem: People who go there find some bleached bits but most of it is fine. Report below from a very Northerly part of the reef says it is in superb condition
RAINE Island, located about 620 kilometres northwest of Cairns, is the largest green turtle nesting ground on planet Earth.
The 32-hectare coral island is in the far north section of the reef, about 620 kilometres north of Cairns on the way to Cape York.
Cairns local Jemma Craig recently dived at the island for the first time, documenting her experience with a series of incredible pictures.
In October last year, an environmental writer wrote a snarky obituary, declaring the World Heritage Site dead at 25 million years of age.
It was premature, but just one month later a team of scientists wrote an article for news.com.au saying that two-thirds of coral in the northern part of the reef have died in the worst-ever bleaching event.
Raine Island, however, appears to have escaped with its life.
"I grew up on the Great Barrier Reef, I have worked and dived here for many years and have ventured to the far corners of the Coral Sea in a quest to see more, but nothing; nothing I have ever seen compares to my dive on the reef surrounding Raine Island," Ms Craig said.
The 24-year-old works as a host on board the MV Spoilsport with Mike Ball Dive Expeditions, which operates out of Cairns.
She said she found it hard to comprehend this part of the reef looked so good.
"The reef flat is simply covered in beautiful, colourful hard coral, turtles cruising and marine life from one end to the other. I didn’t know where to look."