Expedition update: Ribbon Reef 9

As we approach the full moon, the large tides force the team to take extra care - especially when loading the delicate SVII onto our small tender. On the eastern side of Ribbon No. 9, the southeasterly winds were blowing in the opposite direction to the outgoing current creating a very sharp choppy surface, so we stuck to the flanks of the reef and finished our dives in the calm waters toward the back of the reef. On our last dive, the abundance of fish we saw was impressive; massive schools of Giant Trevally, Pompano and Drummers could be seen swarming all around the scooters. It was the greatest number of fish we’ve experienced on a dive all expedition. A full moon tonight also means that the count down to coral spawning has officially begun, hopefully a couple nights from now we’ll be able to witness this event!