Sunday, May 20, 2018

Species List: 20-05-2018, Toilet Block, La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Qld.

13 species sighted at Toilet Block, La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Qld, 20-05-2018.

A single shore entry dive by Gary and Elisha of 135 minutes. Maximum depth 6.4 m, 22C water temperature and 2-4 m viz.

The day could not have been better, sunny and warm. Today I wore my drysuit for the first time this season and it worked a treat. From shore the water looked very clean. There were lots of Nudibranchs to be found. Three undescribed Goniodoridella species and very large Pteraeolidia.

Species and number thereof sighted
* Species with highest specimen count

Flabellina rubrolineata 7
Goniobranchus daphne 2
Goniodoridella sp. 1 12
Goniodoridella sp. 5 1
Goniodoridella sp. 6 1
Gymnodoris sp. 10 3
Hypselodoris obscura 9
Phyllodesmium poindimiei 1
* Pteraeolidia semperi 34
Tenellia sibogae 1
Tenellia sp. 23 1
Unidentia sp. 5 1
Verconia simplex 1

Entry

Goniodoridella sp. 1

Tenellia sibogae

Flabellina rubrolineata

Elisha working it

Tenellia sp. 23

Hypselodoris obscura

Hypselodoris obscura

Goniodoridella sp. 1

Pteraeolidia semperi 

Flabellina rubrolineata

Pteraeolidia semperi feeding

Pteraeolidia semperi mating

Gymnodoris sp. 10

Gymnodoris sp. 10

Hypselodoris obscura

Substrate

Pteraeolidia semperi juvenile

Gymnodoris sp. 10

Gymnodoris sp. 10

Unidentia sp. 5

Verconia simplex

Verconia simplex

Goniobranchus daphne

Phyllodesmium poindimiei

Phyllodesmium poindimiei

Goniodoridella sp. 5

Goniodoridella sp. 5

Goniobranchus daphne

Goniodoridella sp. 6

Goniodoridella sp. 6

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Species List: 16-05-2018, Fish Cage, La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Qld.

6 species sighted at Fish Cage, La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Qld, 16-05-2018.

A single shore entry dive by Gary and Nick of 40 minutes. Maximum depth 6.2 m, 22C water temperature and 0-5 m viz.

The morning looked great and the water looked clear. Finding 3 species on the Fish Cage was a good start. Then the channel profiler tug was getting close...a bit too close and then the water turned into almost zero viz and the noise was too much and we aborted the dive.

Species and number thereof sighted
* Species with highest specimen count

Eubranchus sp. 10 3
* Flabellina rubrolineata 6
Goniobranchus decorus 1
Goniodoridella savignyi 1
Goniodoridella sp. 1 5
Hypselodoris obscura 3

The entry

Substrate

Fish Cage

Goniobranchus decorus

Goniodoridella sp. 1

Goniodoridella savignyi 

Nick searching the Fish Cage

Hypselodoris obscura

Flabellina rubrolineata

Hypselodoris obscura

Goniodoridella sp. 1

Eubranchus sp. 10

Eubranchus sp. 10

Monday, May 14, 2018

Species List 13-05-2018, Fairyland Gutter, Gneering Shoals, off Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Qld.

14 species sighted at Fairyland Gutter, Gneering Shoals, off Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Qld, 13-05-2018.

Gary and Sunreef 'Nudibranch Day' divers on this excursion consisting of 1 x 55 minute and 1 x 62 minute dives in water depths from 14 m to 17 m. 15 m viz, 23 C water temp and no surge.

Today was Nudibranch Day at Sunreef. We dived Fairyland Gutters and had great viz with no surge the day was perfect. The highlight of the outing was actually finding Philine orca for the second time, 3 mm.

Number of each species sighted: 1st dive/2nd dive
* Species with highest specimen count

Aegires citrinus 1/-
Dermatobranchus rodmani 2/-
Dermatobranchus sp. 8 1/-
Diversidoris flava -/1
* Doriprismatica atromarginata 2/2
Goniobranchus splendidus 2/1
Philine orca -/1 Second one found
Phyllidiella lizae -/2
Phyllidiella pustulosa 2/1
Tenellia sp. 33 -/1
Tenellia sp. 36 -/1
Thuridilla splendens 2/-
Verconia decussata -/1
Verconia norba 1/-

Our ride awaits

Verconia norba

Thuridilla splendens

Goniobranchus splendidus

Doriprismatica atromarginata

Dermatobranchus rodmani

Dermatobranchus sp. 8

Substrate

Jemma searching

Phyllidiella pustulosa 

Phyllidiella pustulosa 

Aegires citrinus

Substrate

Sharee happy

Philine orca

Philine orca

Philine orca

Tenellia sp. 33

Tenellia sp. 36

Diversidoris flava

Phyllidiella lizae

Verconia decussata