Great Barrier Reef, QLD, Australia

Great Barrier Reef

December 11, 2013
Wednesday December 11th, 2013 will go down as the day my mind was officially blown. Jessica and I took a two hour boat ride from Cairns to the Great Barrier Reef. The crew on the boat said conditions couldn’t have been any better with no cloud cover, calm waters and temps nearing 40C (the water temp was around 29C). However, the calm waters did nothing for Jessica’s seasickness. By the time we reached our first dive site, she had lost all colour in her face and was holding the small white bag… the one you find in the seat pocket on a plane.

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When you are on the Great Barrier Reef, you can’t let a little seasickness get in the way. Shortly after we arrived at the reef, Jess pulled on her mask and snorkel and hopped off the back of the boat. First sighting… a shark! While Jess was snorkelling, I was 40 feet below the surface on my first ocean dive. I found Nemo and had my picture taken with ‘Wally’, a Napolean Wrasse. The guide said he was 4-5 feet long and about 200 lbs. Wally was nice enough to stick around and pose for pictures and let us rub his cheeks.

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It is difficult to describe the feeling when this massive fish, larger than me, approached. I almost forgot where I was, standing 40 feet below the surface having never been scuba diving before. Another check mark on the bucket list.

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