Year 10 Reef Excursion
Written by Stella Porta (student)
Picture this: you’re snorkelling with friends, and as you look into the water, you see vibrant coral on the edge of deep chasms with colourful fish swimming around… and then, you spot a turtle calmly swimming at the depths.
The Great Barrier Reef is evidence that God is an artist. The natural wonder brings people together and supports Cairns with tourism. On Thursday, 30th of August, the excited Year 10 cohort ventured out to Moore reef with Reef Magic cruises for the day. The trip was part of the geography unit about environmental change to the reef. The media has a lot to say about this, but we were blessed enough to see the reef’s health with our own two eyes peeping through our snorkels. The marine biologists shared a lot of valuable information and insight to help us with our assignment.
It was an unforgettable experience filled with wildlife, quality time with friends and teachers, as well as a delicious lunch which was generously provided. At Moore reef, there is a resident Mauri Wrasse (massive fish) called ‘Wally’ who is like a dog in the form of a fish. Some of us were lucky enough to have an encounter with the friendly guy. The highlight of the day was at the ‘drop-off’ (deep reef of canyons which was located far from the pontoon), where we encountered a turtle, some sharks, a stingray and an array of colourful fish and coral, leaving us in absolute awe.
We are very grateful for the experience and would like to thank the Cairns Regional Council for providing a Nature-based Learning Grant which made the day possible. I strongly recommend connecting with the picturesque reef which is at our doorstep and doing your best to care for the environment that God has created for us.
Wally the Mauri Wrasse. https://www.google.com.au/search?biw=1366&bih=662&tbm=isch&sa=1&ei=AtKQW-mEIsqIoASAuoPADQ&q=Moore+reef+wally&oq=Moore+reef+wally&gs_l=img.3…26135.28352.0.286188.8.131.52.0.0.0.395.1457.3-4.4.0….0…1c.1.64.img..10.1.393…0j0i30k1j0i24k1.0.fiTUtL9TrCE#imgrc=fU_I3QDaFaih4M: