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The Great Barrier Reef and Scuba Diving
Submitted by bugsly on Sunday, May 28, 2006 - 02:21 Australia | Boat | Car | Core | Foreign Language and Music Study | Life Sciences | Physical and Health Education | Walk

After traveling on a boat in choppy waters for an hour and a half, we arrived at the Marine World pontoon in the middle of the ocean near the Great Barrier Reef. Mom and I donned our scuba gear and after our orientation, we ventured down the stairs to a landing under the pontoon. We went over what we needed to know one more time, then made the descent into the colorful waters of the Great Barrier Reef. Being that it was the first instructional dive, we linked arms and swam together. There were lots of colorful fish and coral.

My favorite coral was spikey like a porcupine with dark blue “quills” with neon blue tips. It reminded me of a pincushion. We knelt on the ocean floor in the sand (did you know there is a beach under the ocean?) and got to look at and gently hold a sea cucumber. We also got to be very close and touch a big fish called a Maori Wrasse. After having our photos taken a couple of times while holding the sea cucumbers, we swam off to continue our time under the sea.

We swam back to the pontoon eventually, left the water, and relaxed and had lunch. Lunch was great, vegetarian lasagna, corn salad and many other good dishes and treats.

After lunch we snorkeled and explored the Reef. There were lots of colorful fish to see and so many amazing kinds of coral.

At about 4:00 we boarded the boat again and made our way back to the wharf in Cairns.

We had a fabulous day and the feeling of this tired was great.


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