Short but sweet Ningaloo Reef trip!

I spent the past few days aboard the vessel Ocearch at beautiful Ningaloo Reef in remote Western Australia. The trip was cut short by – yet again – a cyclone! This time it was Cyclone Quang that hit bang onto Ningaloo just as I was set to arrive. I guess there’s never a dull moment when you work in the tropics.

The reef, however, looked amazing – extremely high coral cover and an apparent abundance of predators big and small. I didn’t see any evidence of cyclone destruction in the spot where we were.

The Ocearch crew + the science team caught and tagged 20 tiger sharks in just nine days. You can follow those (and other) sharks’ movements here (and, if you’re like me, keep an eye on how close they are to your favourite surf spots!).

The reef, with quite high coral cover. Being next to a desert has its advantages...Ningaloo is spared much of the land-based pollution that washes into it's east coast analogue, the Great Barrier Reef.

The reef, with quite high coral cover. Being next to a desert has its advantages…Ningaloo is spared much of the land-based pollution that washes into it’s east coast analogue, the Great Barrier Reef.

A friendly turtle that joined our dive.

A friendly turtle that joined our dive.

What you can and can't do.

What you can and can’t do in the marine park.

The Ocearch vessel. Big and solid.

The Ocearch vessel. Big and solid.

Sunrise over the desert and reef.

Sunrise over the desert and reef.

Some beautiful landforms adjacent to the reef.

Some beautiful land forms adjacent to the reef.

Cyclone Quang.

Cyclone Quang.

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