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Diving the Great Barrier Reef – Cod Hole

By Jackie Barnes

For our last dive of the June 2012 Minke Whale trip we were lucky enough to dive at a world famous dive site called “The Cod Hole”.

The Giant Potato Cod are one of the highlights of the Great Barrier Reef

The Cod Hole is located in the northern part of the Great Barrier Reef in Ribbon Reef  #10. It is famous for its population of Potato Cod that are always friendly towards divers. There are also some fantastic corals and sponges on show and an array of marine life.

Descending from behind Spoilsport we were instantly greeted by a huge friendly Potato Cod that pretty much stuck with us the whole dive. He was happy to pose and come right up close to the cameras.

At one point near the old mooring I was taking a picture of a Grouper when I turned to my left to find the big Potato Cod right there next to me within 20 centimetres of my face. It was almost as if he wanted all the attention!

After this little 1 on 1 interaction with the Cod the rest of my group turned up which is when he started to get interested in all of them and I shot this short video. You can see everyone is having a great time and loving this fantastic site.

The Cod Hole is a regularly visited site on all of the Cairns trips we offer and is definitely one for the bucket list!

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