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Diving at dive site Kelso Reef

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From Townsville and Magnetic Island, Kelso reef is one of the best known and frequently visited reefs. It has crystal clear waters and many different species of coral and fish. Hard and soft corals such as brain coral, hedge corals, honeycomb corals and plate corals. Fish from the small angel fish to the huge cod, but also crown-of-thorns starfish and giant clams can be seen on a normal dive.



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Name: lars, © Author: Lars Hemel

This time I was the COTS dive leader and I had to explain and show how and where to find the Crown of Thorn starfish. My dive buddy Alan was expecting me to point them out to him, but as ever, I couldn't find them easily. We found two on our first dive and seven on the second; all very large examples.


Name: lars, © Author: Lars Hemel

At my first COTS dive I didn't caught any. I did see a few beautiful clams, anemone fish and parrot fish. Loads of blue sea stars and moray eels. The second dive I removed two crown of thorn starfish from the reef. A huge Maori Wrasse was also following us during this dive.


Name: lars, © Author: Lars Hemel

The Kelso Reef is a very popular and crowded reef with many student, novice and professional divers. We were diving with a tank of acid on our back to find Crown of Thorn Starfish who are eating the coral reefs.

We had to put the acid in each of its legs (starfish) with a kind of gun we were wearing underwater. They were pretty difficult to find and in two dives with a great lunch in between Michael and I only found 3 crown of thorn starfish.


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