Friday, January 18, 2019

Species List: 17-01-2019, Fish Cage, Mooloolah River, La Balsa Park, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Qld.

15 species sighted at Fish Cage, Mooloolah River, La Balsa Park, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Qld, 17-01-2019.

A single shore dive by Gary, Gail, Adele and Amanda on this excursion consisting of 1 x 138 minute dive in water depth up to 5.7 m, 1-2 m viz, 28 C water temp.

Another fine summer day to dive the river. The water temp was a warm 28 C and the because the tidal flow was so low the viz had dropped off. There was enough viz to find our friends. Hidden in the base of the hydroid bushes were quite a few Doto sp. with egg masses. As the dive was progressing I kept feeling a tug on the reel and float. After a while I ascended only to find a guy trying to take his fishing hook out of the line. He had no idea what the dive flag meant and no idea there were people in the water. Grrrr.

Species and number thereof sighted
* Species with highest specimen count

Atys semistriatus shell -3
Bulbaeolidia alba -1
* Cratena lineata -14
* Doto sp. 6 -14
Eubranchus sp. 10 -3
Facelina sp. 11 -2
* Flabellina rubrolineata -14
Goniobranchus daphne -2
Goniobranchus decorus -1
Goniobranchus geometricus -3
Goniodoridella savignyi -2
Goniodoridella sp. 1 -3
Hypselodoris obscura -8
Thuridilla carlsoni -2
Unidentia sp. 2 -2

Cratena lineata

Facelina sp. 11

Goniodoridella savignyi

Substrate

Goniodoridella sp. 1

Thuridilla carlsoni

Flabellina rubrolineata

Goniobranchus decorus

Flabellina rubrolineata

Substrate

Hypselodoris obscura

Doto sp. 6 four animals in this group

A large Hypselodoris obscura

Goniobranchus geometricus

Unidentia sp. 2

Goniobranchus daphne

Thuridilla carlsoni

Bulbaeolidia alba 

Atys semistriatus shell

Doto sp. 6

Doto sp. 6

Eubranchus sp. 10

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Species List: 14-01-2019, Toilet Block, Mooloolah River, La Balsa Park, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Qld.

18 species sighted at Toilet Block, Mooloolah River, La Balsa Park, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Qld, 14-01-2019.

A single shore dive by Gary, Gail and Adele on this excursion consisting of 1 x 181 minute dive in water depth up to 6.6 m, up to 3 m viz, 27 C water temp.

You never know what you'll find when diving the Mooloolah River. Finding a 70 mm Ceratosoma tenue was extraordinary. Then to top that off another Notobryon wardi 60 mm was found in a hydroid bunch. As allways looking for the Mexichromis animals is fun and today we found one.

Species and number thereof sighted
* Species with highest specimen count

Ceratosoma tenue -1 NEW RECORD FOR RIVER
Dermatobranchus sp. 7 -1
Doto sp. 6 -3
Eubranchus sp. 10 -2
Flabellina rubrolineata -18
Goniobranchus daphne -3
Goniobranchus decorus -4
Goniobranchus splendidus -1
Goniodoridella sp. 1 -12
Gymnodoris amakusana -1
Gymnodoris sp. 10 -4
Hypselodoris obscura -11
Jorunna sp. 6 -3
Mexichromis sp. 1 -1
Notobryon wardi -1
* Pteraeolidia semperi -20
Tenellia sibogae -1
Verconia simplex -2

Another summer entry

Ready to go

Hypselodoris obscura

Jorunna sp. 6

Substrate

Ceratosoma tenue  NEW RECORD FOR RIVER

Pteraeolidia semperi juvenile

Flabellina rubrolineata

Goniobranchus daphne

Doto sp. 6

Gymnodoris sp. 10 attacking Pteraeolidia semperi

Goniobranchus decorus

Pteraeolidia semperi

Flabellina rubrolineata

Eubranchus sp. 10

Gymnodoris sp. 10 

Goniobranchus splendidus

Substrate

Goniobranchus daphne

Tenellia sibogae

Mexichromis sp. 1

Dermatobranchus sp. 7

Verconia simplex

Goniodoridella sp. 1

Notobryon wardi

Notobryon wardi anterior end

Notobryon wardi gills

Gymnodoris amakusana