46) The Great Barrier Reef

Heron Island is only about 40 acres.

Heron Island is a coral cay laying about 55 miles east of Gladstone.  It is accessible only by sea plane and ferry boat.  There is a little eco-friendly resort tucked away among a forest of Pisonia trees. The guests are implored to “take only pictures, leave only footprints”. The main attractions are scuba diving and snorkeling, reef walking, turtle watching, and chilling with nature. I was there for 3 days of scuba diving.

Heron Island is on the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef.
Jay Holzem and I learned to dive in college in 1975- my PADI Open Water certification was accepted here in Australia, but they made me take a 4 hour refresher course. We dove to about 50 feet.
Dive boat heading out to the reef.

I didn’t have an underwater camera, so I swiped some underwater photos from google to represent what I saw.

Reef fish. I got this photo from google, but it really looks just like this. The variety of fish species is amazing.
(google photo)
Wobbegong Shark- a bottom feeder



Green Turtle. She’s been laying eggs up in the sand dunes during the night. Its 5 am here, and she’s heading back to the water. The eggs will hatch in January, and the hatchlings will make a mad scramble by the thousands towards the water. The birds and sharks will be waiting for them.
Heading home.
Back to sea.
Eastern Reef Egrets. This couple lives in this tree, which was right next to my porch.
We hung out on my porch.
My little bungalow.
Foot path through the forest.
At the swimming pool.

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