The 24-year old host on board MV Spoilsport with Mike Ball Dive Expeditions took the chance to document her first scuba dive on the reefs surrounding Raine Island, an area reported last year as being severely affected by coral bleaching.
“I grew up on the Great Barrier Reef, I have worked and dived here for many years and have ventured to the far corners of the Coral Sea in a quest to see more, but nothing; nothing I have ever seen compares to my dive on the reef surrounding Raine Island in December last year,” says Jemma.
“The reef flat is simply covered in beautiful, colourful hard coral, turtles cruising and marine life from one end to the other. I didn't know where to look.
“It was hard for me to comprehend that it was possible for the reef to look that good. I would honestly take a gamble and say it's the most beautiful hard coral site on Planet Earth.
Jemma said diving the reefs off Raine Island was the most life changing experience for her, surprising given she was raised on a coral cay in the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Cairns.
“The Great Barrier Reef is my home. There is a life force that runs through here, and I feel connected to everything around me.
“I'd like to show people from around the world that the Great Barrier Reef is not dead.
“Through my photography and cinematography, I hope to inspire others to come and witness for themselves the magic I have found here.
Notes to Editors: Tourism and Events Queensland has not sponsored the creation of this content. It was provided to Tourism and Events Queensland by Jemma Craig in the hope that more people could see it.
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