Scuba diving in Coral Sea

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  • Dive depth: 5 - 10m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Water temperature: 24 - 29℃  Dive type:


    Brown-banded pipefish (Fijian banded pipefish, red-banded pipefish)

    Length: 5 - 10cmFound at depth: 1 - 31m

  • Dive depth: 20 - 35m  Visibility: 30 - >30m  Water temperature: 24 - 29℃  Dive type:


    Whale shark

    Occurrence:

    1-10%

    Number:

    4-9

    Length: 9.7 - 12m, max. reported length: 12.65mWeight: 9800kg, max. reported weight: 21000kgFound at depth: 0 - 700m, usually 0 - 100m

  • Dive depth: 9 - 29m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Water temperature: 24 - 29℃  Dive type:


    Giant manta (Manta ray, Atlantic manta, Australian devil-ray, blanketfish, devil fish, devil ray, giant Atlantic manta, giant devil ray, munguna, Pacific manta, prince Alfreds ray, sea devil)

    Occurrence:

    1-10%

    Number:

    1-3

    Length: 3.8 - 4.6m, max. reported length: 9.1mMax. weight: 3000kgFound at depth: 0 - 120m

  • Dive depth: 18 - 25m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Current: None - 0-1Knots  Water temperature: 21 - 28℃  Dive type:


    Giant manta (Manta ray, Atlantic manta, Australian devil-ray, blanketfish, devil fish, devil ray, giant Atlantic manta, giant devil ray, munguna, Pacific manta, prince Alfreds ray, sea devil)

    Occurrence:

    1-10%

    Number:

    1-3

    Length: 3.8 - 4.6m, max. reported length: 9.1mMax. weight: 3000kgFound at depth: 0 - 120m

  • Dive depth: 5 - 20m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Water temperature: 24 - 29℃  Dive type:


    Red lionfish (Common lionfish, lionfish, butterfly-cod, ornate butterfly-cod, scorpion volitans, scorpion-cod, scorpionfish, zebrafish, turkeyfish)

    Occurrence:

    11-40%

    Number:

    1-3

    Max. length: 38cmFound at depth: 2 - 55m

  • Dive depth: 25 - 30m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Water temperature: 24 - 29℃  Dive type:


  • Dive depth: 60 - 99m


  • Dive depth: 20 - 25m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Water temperature: 24 - 29℃  Dive type:


  • Dive depth: 50 - 50m


  • Dive depth: 30 - 35m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Water temperature: 24 - 29℃  Dive type:


  • Dive depth: 9 - 19m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Water temperature: 24 - 29℃  Dive type:


  • Dive depth: 9 - 29m


  • Dive depth: 19 - 33m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Water temperature: 24 - 29℃  Dive type:


    Dash-and-dot goatfish (Dash-dot goatfish, spotted golden-goatfish)

    Occurrence:

    1-10%

    Number:

    Small groups

    Length: 30 - 60cmFound at depth: 1 - 100m

  • Dive depth: 9 - 29m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Water temperature: 24 - 29℃  Dive type:


    Leaf scorpionfish (Leaf fish, paper fish, paper scorpionfish, sailfin leaf fish, swayfish, three-spined scorpionfish)

    Max. length: 10cmFound at depth: 5 - 135m, usually 5 - 20m

  • Dive depth: 20 - 40m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Water temperature: 24 - 29℃  Dive type:


    Humphead wrasse (Māori wrasse, Napoleon wrasse, Napoleon fish, giant maori wrasse, giant wrasse, mameng, merer, double-headed Maori wrasse, double-headed parrot-fish)

    Occurrence:

    1-10%

    Number:

    1-3

    Length: 0.6 - 2.29mMax. weight: 191kgFound at depth: 1 - 100m, usually 2 - 60m

  • Dive depth: 9 - 29m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Current: 0-1 - 2Knots  Water temperature: 21 - 28℃  Dive type:


    Red lionfish (Common lionfish, lionfish, butterfly-cod, ornate butterfly-cod, scorpion volitans, scorpion-cod, scorpionfish, zebrafish, turkeyfish)

    Occurrence:

    1-10%

    Number:

    1-3

    Max. length: 38cmFound at depth: 2 - 55m

  • Dive depth: 10 - 30m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Water temperature: 24 - 29℃  Dive type:


    Black-cheek moray eel (Masked moray)

    Occurrence:

    11-40%

    Number:

    1-3

    Max. length: 100cmFound at depth: 4 - 40m, usually 8 - 20m

  • Dive depth: 10 - 20m  Water temperature: 24 - 29℃


    Australian black-tip shark (Black-tip shark, black-tip whaler, Tilston’s whaler shark, Whitley’s black-tip shark)

    Occurrence:

    1-10%

    Number:

    1-3

    Length: 150 - 180cm, max. reported length: 200cmMax. weight: 52kgFound at depth: 3 - 150m, max. reported depth: 150m, usually 3 - 50m

  • Dive depth: 9 - 19m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Current: 0-1 - 2Knots  Water temperature: 24 - 29℃  Dive type:


    Australian black-tip shark (Black-tip shark, black-tip whaler, Tilston’s whaler shark, Whitley’s black-tip shark)

    Occurrence:

    1-10%

    Number:

    1-3

    Length: 150 - 180cm, max. reported length: 200cmMax. weight: 52kgFound at depth: 3 - 150m, max. reported depth: 150m, usually 3 - 50m

  • Dive depth: 13 - 20m  Visibility: 20 - 30m  Current: 0-1Knots  Water temperature: 21 - 28℃  Dive type:


    Black-tip grouper (Banded reef cod, black-tipped grouper, footballer cod, golden grouper, red-banded grouper, red-barred cod, red-banded grouper, reef cod, scarlet rock-cod, seabass, striped grouper )

    Occurrence:

    1-10%

    Number:

    1-3

    Length: 22 - 40cmMax. weight: 2kgFound at depth: 4 - 160m, usually 20 - 45m

  • Dive depth: 5 - 30m  Visibility: 30 - >30m  Current: 0-1 - 2Knots  Water temperature: 24 - 29℃  Dive type:


    Orange clownfish (Eastern clown anemonefish, Eastern clownfish, black-finned clownfish, clown anemonefish, clownfish, orange anemonefish)

    Occurrence:

    1-10%

    Number:

    1-3

    Max. length: 11cmFound at depth: 1 - 15m

  • Dive depth: 5 - 35m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Current: 0-1Knots  Water temperature: 24 - 29℃  Dive type:


    Black-cheek moray eel (Masked moray)

    Occurrence:

    1-10%

    Number:

    1-3

    Max. length: 100cmFound at depth: 4 - 40m, usually 8 - 20m

  • Dive depth: 9 - 16m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Water temperature: 24 - 29℃  Dive type:


    Giant manta (Manta ray, Atlantic manta, Australian devil-ray, blanketfish, devil fish, devil ray, giant Atlantic manta, giant devil ray, munguna, Pacific manta, prince Alfreds ray, sea devil)

    Length: 3.8 - 4.6m, max. reported length: 9.1mMax. weight: 3000kgFound at depth: 0 - 120m

  • Dive depth: 9 - 30m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Current: 0-1Knots  Water temperature: 24 - 29℃  Dive type:


    Giant manta (Manta ray, Atlantic manta, Australian devil-ray, blanketfish, devil fish, devil ray, giant Atlantic manta, giant devil ray, munguna, Pacific manta, prince Alfreds ray, sea devil)

    Length: 3.8 - 4.6m, max. reported length: 9.1mMax. weight: 3000kgFound at depth: 0 - 120m

  • Dive depth: 15 - 29m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Water temperature: 24 - 29℃  Dive type:


    Potato cod (Potato bass, potato grouper, black-spotted rock-cod)

    Length: 100 - 200cmMax. weight: 110kgFound at depth: 10 - 400m

  • Dive depth: 15 - 40m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Current: 0-1 - 2Knots  Water temperature: 24 - 29℃  Dive type:


    Grey reef shark (Black-tip reef shark, Fowler’s whaler shark, black-vee whaler, black-tail reef shark, bronze whaler, graceful shark, graceful whaler shark, grey shark, grey whaler shark, long-nose black-tail shark, school shark, short-nose black-tail shark, whaler shark)

    Length: 130 - 190cm, max. reported length: 260cmMax. weight: 34kgFound at depth: 0 - 1000m, usually 1 - 280m

  • Dive depth: 19 - 29m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Water temperature: 24 - 29℃  Dive type:


    Whale shark

    Length: 9.7 - 12m, max. reported length: 12.65mWeight: 9800kg, max. reported weight: 21000kgFound at depth: 0 - 700m, usually 0 - 100m

  • Dive depth: 10 - 18m  Water temperature: 24 - 29℃


    Big-eye trevally (Banded cavalla, big-eye kingfish, big-eye trevally, big-eye kingfish, dusk jack, giant trevally, horse mackerel, horse mackerel trevally, horse-eye jack, six-banded trevally, six-band trevally, tille jack, turrum, yellow jack)

    Length: 60 - 120cmMax. weight: 18kgFound at depth: 1 - 146m

  • Dive depth: 9 - 29m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Current: 0-1Knots  Water temperature: 24 - 29℃  Dive type:


    Grey reef shark (Black-tip reef shark, Fowler’s whaler shark, black-vee whaler, black-tail reef shark, bronze whaler, graceful shark, graceful whaler shark, grey shark, grey whaler shark, long-nose black-tail shark, school shark, short-nose black-tail shark, whaler shark)

    Length: 130 - 190cm, max. reported length: 260cmMax. weight: 34kgFound at depth: 0 - 1000m, usually 1 - 280m

  • Dive depth: 9 - 29m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Water temperature: 21 - 28℃  Dive type:


    Steephead parrotfish (Pacific steephead parrotfish, blunt-head parrotfish, gibbus parrotfish)

    Occurrence:

    1-10%

    Number:

    1-3

    Length: 49 - 70cmMax. weight: 5.4kgFound at depth: 1 - 50m, usually 1 - 15m

  • Dive depth: 19 - 29m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Water temperature: 24 - 29℃  Dive type:


    Humphead wrasse (Māori wrasse, Napoleon wrasse, Napoleon fish, giant maori wrasse, giant wrasse, mameng, merer, double-headed Maori wrasse, double-headed parrot-fish)

    Length: 0.6 - 2.29mMax. weight: 191kgFound at depth: 1 - 100m, usually 2 - 60m

  • Dive depth: 5 - 16m  Visibility: 20 - 30m  Water temperature: 21 - 28℃  Dive type:


    Barrier reef anemonefish (Clown fish, brown anemonefish, guarded anemone fish, two-banded anemonefish)

    Occurrence:

    1-10%

    Number:

    1-3

    Max. length: 9cmWeight: 0.027kgFound at depth: 25m

  • Dive depth: 5 - 16m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Water temperature: 21 - 28℃  Dive type:


    Map puffer (Map blaasop, scribbled pufferfish, scribbled toadfish)

    Occurrence:

    1-10%

    Number:

    1-3

    Max. length: 65cmFound at depth: 1 - 30m, usually 4 - 30m

  • Dive depth: 9 - 29m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Water temperature: 21 - 28℃  Dive type:


    Map puffer (Map blaasop, scribbled pufferfish, scribbled toadfish)

    Occurrence:

    1-10%

    Number:

    1-3

    Max. length: 65cmFound at depth: 1 - 30m, usually 4 - 30m

  • Dive depth: 9 - 29m  Visibility: 20 - 30m  Water temperature: 21 - 28℃  Dive type:


    White-tip reef shark

    Length: 110 - 160cm, max. reported length: 213cmFound at depth: 1 - 330m, max. reported depth: 330m, usually 8 - 40m

  • Dive depth: 9 - 19m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Water temperature: 24 - 29℃  Dive type:


    Red lionfish (Common lionfish, lionfish, butterfly-cod, ornate butterfly-cod, scorpion volitans, scorpion-cod, scorpionfish, zebrafish, turkeyfish)

    Max. length: 38cmFound at depth: 2 - 55m

  • Dive depth: 9 - 25m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Water temperature: 24 - 29℃  Dive type:


    Clown anemonefish (Ocellaris clownfish, false percula clownfish, anemone demoiselle, anemone fish, clownfish, common clownfish, false clown anemonefish, false clownfish, puller, western clown anemonefish, western clownfish)

    Max. length: 11cmFound at depth: 1 - 15m, usually 3 - 15m

  • Dive depth: 7 - 25m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Water temperature: 21 - 28℃  Dive type:


    Loggerhead sea turtle

    Length: 80 - 100cm, max. reported length: 122cmWeight: 75 - 160kg, max. reported weight: 227kgFound at depth: 0m

  • Dive depth: 5 - 25m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Water temperature: 24 - 29℃  Dive type:


    Green sea turtle (Pacific green turtle, Green turtle, Black-Sea turtle)

    Max. length: 150cmWeight: 68 - 190kg, max. reported weight: 395kg

  • Dive depth: 19 - 30m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Current: 0-1 - 2Knots  Water temperature: 24 - 29℃  Dive type:


    Green sea turtle (Pacific green turtle, Green turtle, Black-Sea turtle)

    Max. length: 150cmWeight: 68 - 190kg, max. reported weight: 395kg

  • Dive depth: 9 - 29m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Water temperature: 24 - 29℃  Dive type:


    Green sea turtle (Pacific green turtle, Green turtle, Black-Sea turtle)

    Max. length: 150cmWeight: 68 - 190kg, max. reported weight: 395kg

  • Dive depth: 18 - 20m  Water temperature: 24 - 29℃


    Green sea turtle (Pacific green turtle, Green turtle, Black-Sea turtle)

    Max. length: 150cmWeight: 68 - 190kg, max. reported weight: 395kg

  • Dive depth: 19 - 29m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Water temperature: 24 - 29℃  Dive type:


    Coral hind (Blue-spotted rockcod, coral cod, coral grouper, coral rockcod, coral trout, red coral perch, red grouper, reef cod, round-tailed trout, seabass, vermilion grouper, vermilion seabass)

    Max. length: 50cmFound at depth: 2 - 150m

  • Dive depth: 9 - 29m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Water temperature: 24 - 29℃  Dive type:


    Pink skunk clownfish (Pink anemonefish, false skunk striped clown, false skunk-striped anemonefish, white-maned anemonefish, white-banded anemonefish)

    Length: 6 - 7cmFound at depth: 1 - 38m

  • Dive depth: 9 - 29m  Visibility: 20 - >30m  Current: 0-1Knots  Water temperature: 24 - 29℃  Dive type:


    Pink skunk clownfish (Pink anemonefish, false skunk striped clown, false skunk-striped anemonefish, white-maned anemonefish, white-banded anemonefish)

    Length: 6 - 7cmFound at depth: 1 - 38m

  • Dive depth: 9 - 29m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Water temperature: 24 - 29℃  Dive type:


    Ornate butterflyfish

    Max. length: 20cmFound at depth: 1 - 36m

  • Dive depth: 10 - 20m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Water temperature: 24 - 29℃  Dive type:


    Eschmeyer‘s scorpionfish

    Max. length: 23cmFound at depth: 18 - 55m

  • Dive depth: 7 - 20m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Current: None - 0-1Knots  Water temperature: 24 - 29℃  Dive type:


    Blue-spotted pufferfish

    Max. length: 80cmFound at depth: 2 - 25m

  • Dive depth: 9 - 29m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Water temperature: 24 - 29℃  Dive type:


    Orange skunk clownfish (Eastern skunk anemonefish, golden anemonefish, golden angelfish, yellow clownfish, yellow skunk clownfish)

    Max. length: 14cmFound at depth: 3 - 20m

  • Dive depth: 9 - 19m  Visibility: 10 - 30m  Current: 0-1Knots  Water temperature: 24 - 29℃  Dive type:


    Potato cod (Potato bass, potato grouper, black-spotted rock-cod)

    Occurrence:

    81-100%

    Number:

    Small groups

    Length: 100 - 200cmMax. weight: 110kgFound at depth: 10 - 400m

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