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6 places to see Great Barrier Reef wildlife

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Cod Hole

Best for potato cod

Just off the Ribbon Reefs’ northerly tip, 12 nautical miles east of Lizard Island, is the Cod Hole. It is on many peoples diving bucket list thanks to its massive resident potato cod, which can push up to two metres in length and 100kg in weight. If your dive master is carrying fishy snacks, these grey-brown, blotch-covered, thick-lipped fish will approach as soon as you enter the water and follow your group around the underwater canyons like loyal puppies. The shallow (under 15 metres) feeding area depth and subject proximity make this an excellent site for underwater photography enthusiasts. However, your vessel must have a marine park-issued fish-feeding permit and feeding limits apply. Also, to avoid wiping away their skin’s protective mucous coating, refrain from touching them.

Picture courtesy of Pete Niesen/Shutterstock.com

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