From the Ballina Shire Advocate:
SKINNY-DIPPING snorkellers managed to avoid becoming fish food during a world record attempt at Great Barrier Reef.
The Magnetic Island world record attempt attracted 23 nude snorkellers and 10 non-snorkelling naked swimmers aged 19 to 60. Organisers had expected 100 to take part.
The event, part of international celebrations for World Oceans Day, aimed to raise awareness about the plight of the reef.
Ben Schultz, general manager of Base Backpackers, which organised the nude snorkel at Nelly Bay beach, said the snorkellers kept clear of a nearby fish feeding station where hungry sergeant major reef fish were congregating.
"They get pretty hungry this time of year," he said.
29 skinny dippers participating in a world record attempt at nude snorkelingat Nelly Bay on Magnetic Island. The mass nude snorkel was part of theinternational celebrations for the United Nations' World Oceans Day andaimed to raise awareness about the plight of the Australia's Great Barrier Reef.
"No one wanted to become fish food."
Mr Schultz said the snorkellers were greeted with perfect conditions during their 20-minute reef jaunt.
"We had blue skies and the water was not chilly at all," he said.
"It was like a bath."
Mr Schultz said more men than women took part.
"We had eight girls all up," he said. "A married couple in their 40s drove up all the way from Mackay."
About 250 well-wishers turned out to watch the spectacle, he said.
"No they weren't there for a perv, but to show their support for the environment," he said....MORE