Thursday, March 23, 2017

Species List: 22-03-2017, La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Queensland

7 species sighted at La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, 22-03-2017.

Gary and Allan on this single shore entry dive, of 120 minutes. Maximum depth 6.3 m, 28 C water temperature and 1 to 2 m viz.

With all the rain we have had the visibility has dropped right off. The numbers of Nudibranchs we used to see has dropped off as well.

Number of species sighted
* Species with highest specimen count

Atys semistriatus shell -1
* Flabellina rubrolineata -6
Goniobranchus daphne -4
Goniodoridella sp. 1 -3
Hypselodoris obscura -1
Pteraeolidia semperi -1
Tenellia sibogae -1

Goniobranchus daphne

Flabellina rubrolineata

The murky depths

Goniodoridella sp. 1

Tenellia sibogae

Goniobranchus daphne

Pteraeolidia semperi

Goniobranchus daphne

The marker

Flabellina rubrolineata

Atys semistriatus shell

Hypselodoris obscura

Monday, March 20, 2017

Species List: 18-03-2017, La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Queensland

8 species sighted at La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, 18-03-2017.

Gary and Elisha on this single shore entry dive, of 180 minutes. Maximum depth 6.2 m, 27 C water temperature and up to 5 m viz.

The large and numerous Flabellina rubrolineata of up to 60 mm, were again impressive and quite beautiful to observe. The current was almost non-exsitent and the viz was nice. I was quite happy to see Plakobranchus sp. Congratulations to Elisha for her first 180 minute dive!

Number of species sighted
* Species with highest specimen count

* Flabellina rubrolineata -29
Goniobranchus aureopurpureus -2
Goniobranchus daphne -5
Goniodoridella savignyi -1
Goniodoridella sp. 1 -9
Hypselodoris obscura -10
Plakobranchus sp. 1 -1
Pteraeolidia semperi -6

Shore entry point

Elisha checking out the Fish Cage

Goniodoridella sp. 1

Flabellina rubrolineata a pair

Elisha and substrate matter

Flabellina rubrolineata

Flabellina rubrolineata

The substrate and Flabellina rubrolineata

The substrate and Flabellina rubrolineata

Goniobranchus aureopurpureus

Flabellina rubrolineata

Hypselodoris obscura

Goniobranchus aureopurpureus

Plakobranchus sp. 1

Plakobranchus sp. 1

Plakobranchus sp. 1

Goniodoridella savignyi 1-2 mm

Goniobranchus daphne

Goniobranchus daphne

Species List: 17-03-2017, La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Queensland

8 species sighted at La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, 17-03-2017.

Gary solo on this single shore entry dive, of 181 minutes. Maximum depth 6.5 m, 27 C water temperature and up to 6 m viz.

Dispite the rain and weather there was very little current on this dive and the water pretty clean. It was quite nice running into the large and numerous Flabellina rubrolineata. These animals were up to 60 mm

Number of species sighted
* Species with highest specimen count.

Cratena lineata -1
* Flabellina rubrolineata -29
Goniobranchus daphne -4
Goniobranchus splendidus -1
Goniobranchus verrieri -2
Goniodoridella sp. 1 -7
Hypselodoris obscura -7
Pteraeolidia semperi -2

Entry point and surface conditions

Flabellina rubrolineata

Substrate and locals

Flabellina rubrolineata

The marker

Goniobranchus verrieri

Goniobranchus daphne

Goniodoridella sp. 1

Hypselodoris obscura

Goniobranchus daphne

Hypselodoris obscura mating pair

Flabellina rubrolineata

Flabellina rubrolineata

Flabellina rubrolineata

Pteraeolidia semperi


Flabellina rubrolineata a pair with egg masses

Flabellina rubrolineata head shot

Flabellina rubrolineata

Flabellina rubrolineata egg mass

Hypselodoris obscura

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