Dive Site: Osprey Reef, Coral sea

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Site Overview

Site Type: Shark dive Reef – Scenic; Photographic
Depth: Top: 15MBottom: 100M
Location: Coral Sea about 100 km north east of Lizard island

Description

Osprey Reef is a submerged atoll in the Coral Sea, northeast of Queensland, Australia. Osprey Reef is roughly oval in shape, measuring 25 by 12 km, and covers around 195 km2.

The reef sits atop a seamount in deep water. It is an isolated location some 60 km away from other reefs. The almost vertical reef walls, which rise from a depth of circa 2000 m offer amazing visibility, sharks and stunning blue water.

Circling sharks at Osprey Reef diving the Great Barrier Reef Coral Sea by Pete McGee, GoodViz Productions

This is wild ocean where large pelagic and open ocean species can be seen, along with diverse coral reef species.

Grey reef shark at Osprey Reef diving the Great Barrier Reef Coral Sea by Pete McGee, GoodViz Productions

This is the place for exciting shark action!

Amphitheatre views at Osprey Reef diving the Great Barrier Reef Coral Sea by Pete McGee, GoodViz Productions

There is an organised shark feed where divers sit on the reef in a natural amphitheater,

Feeding platform at Osprey Reef diving the Great Barrier Reef Coral Sea by Pete McGee, GoodViz Productions

while grey reef, white-tip and other shark species are fed.

Feeding frenzy at Osprey Reef diving the Great Barrier Reef Coral Sea by Pete McGee, GoodViz Productions

This is a great photo opportunity as many the sharks swim around at close range!

White tip reef shark at Osprey Reef diving the Great Barrier Reef Coral Sea by Pete McGee, GoodViz Productions

Words and Pictures by Pete McGee, GoodViz Photography, GoodViz Productions, diving with Mike Ball Dive Expeditions.