Hardy Reef, Great Barrier Reef

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By: leelefever on February 20, 2006 - 12:17am

The Hardy Reef at the Great Barrier Reef is a platform reef, which means that it has reached its full height and is now expanding outward. This means that when you dive or snorkel around it, there is a wall that goes from the surface to the sea floor, which is about 20-30 meters down.  Swimming over it felt like flying out over a cliff.

I was in awe. I had never seen such a reef and it convinced me to get SCUBA certified soon, but it won’t happen here- not enough time.

The water, the fish, the coral, all amazing...but what I enjoyed the most was the giant clams, which seems like a rather banal thing to be excited about. 


First it was their sheer scale.  Despite what you may have seen in a OO7 movie, they don’t eat people, but they do react and close up if you get near them. The rings that you see are like tree rings- one per year.



Second was the color.  They were by far the most brilliantly colored animals on the reef.  Some of them glowed in the sunlight and designers couldn’t put colors together more beautifully.


Third was the variety.  They say that clams are like fingerprints, there are no 2 that are exactly alike and I never two that were even close.


By: Brother Mark (not verified) on February 21, 2006 - 12:29pm

How cool would that be to have an ENORMOUS linguine with clam sauce with that huge one?!?  You could lose a shoe in one of those..... it's really not fair you guys out on the Great Barrier Reef and me stuck in a classroom talking about bore-a-phil, or something.  Oh and Lee... guess what.... JIMMIE JOHNSON won Daytona and I picked it right!  1 race complete and "Baws Hawg" is already 2nd place.  WOOHOO!  I'll keep y'all posted.

By: James (not verified) on February 22, 2006 - 5:33pm
I love the photos! When I was in Australia in 97-98 I dove for two days on the Great Barrier Reef and we visited a place called (if I remember correctly) The Clam Garden. Clams clustered together all around us at about 20 metres deep. I did my SCUBA certification just before going on the trip and it was incredibly worthwhile. We spent the night on the reef and did a night dive with sharks circling all around us. I looked up at the lights on the boat as I sunk down to the bottom and dozens of shark shapes were circling. We landed on the bottom with our lights off and the sound was incredible - all the crabs and crustaceons were out to mate. Their clicking and screamning was all around us. We flipped on our dive lamps and their eyes glowed red. Just typing that makes me wish I were there again. Are you guys planning on visiting Fraser Island? I recommend it very stongly. Do one of the self-guided 4 x 4 tours with a group of 6 or so and camp on the beaches. Hike into the lakes during the day and watch out for dingos!
By: leelefever on February 24, 2006 - 12:13am
Nice visuals James! You know, we missed Fraser Island. iT was early in our trek up the coast and we didn't know if we had enought time to spend the 2-3 days it takes to do it properly. Of course in hindsight, it would have been breat and I regret missing it.