Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Species List: TJ's Boulders, Currimundi Reef, Sunshine Coast, 18-03-2014

30 species found at TJ's Boulders, Currimundi Reef, Sunshine Coast.
Terry and David on this excursion consisting of 1 x 84 minute and 1 x 73 minute dives in water depths of 17m to 20m. 6m viz, 26C water temp and a little surge.

We were hopeful of some easing of the heavy swell conditions of the weekend and a prior observation of the Caloundra Bar confirmed that hope. The bar was easily negotiated and we headed north to Currimundi and out to a site that is a little deeper called TJ's Boulders. The top 10m of water was quite clean but under that and down to the bottom was still settling out from the heavy ground swell. There were both large and fine particles contributing to the reduction of the viz. Nevertheless surface conditions were ideal. Some nice aeolids were found contributing more than a third of the overall total.

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

Ardeadoris rubroannulata -/1
Bornella anguilla -/1
Bulbaeolidia alba -/1
Cadlinella ornatissima -/1
Chromodoris kuiteri 1/-
Chromodoris splendida 6/-
Cratena lineata -/1
Cratena simba -/1
Dermatobranchus cf. primus 1/-
Dermatobranchus ornatus 5/-
Doriprismatica atromarginata -/4
Eubranchus sp. 6 1/-
Flabellina rubrolineata -/1
Glossodoris vespa 1/-
Goniodoridella savignyi 1/1
Hypselodoris jacksoni 1/2
Hypselodoris obscura 2/2
Noumea simplex 1/-
Phyllidia ocellata 2/1
Phyllidiella lizae 2/2
Phyllidiella pustulosa 2/-
Phyllodesmium colemani 1/-
Phyllodesmium macphersonae -/1
Phyllodesmium magnum 1/-
* Pteraeolidia ianthina 10/15
Roboastra luteolineata 1/2
Sagaminopteron ornatum 5/3
Thorunna sp. 1 -/1
Trinchesia diversicolor 1/-
Trinchesia ornata -/1

Noumea simplex

Sagaminopteron ornatum - feeding pair

Goniodoridella savignyi - very tiny

Glossodoris vespa

Dermatobranchus ornatus

Phyllidiella lizae

Phyllodesmium magnum

Chromodoris splendida

Phyllidiella pustulosa

Pteraeolidia ianthina

Doriprismatica atromarginata

Bulbaeolidia alba

Hypselodoris obscura

Surface conditions - and our ride

Phyllidia ocellata

Phyllodesmium colemani

Roboastra luteolineata

Bornella anguilla - amongst the hydroids

Hypselodoris jacksoni

Cratena lineata

Cadlinella ornatissima

Cratena simba

Thorunna sp. 1

Trinchesia ornata

Ardeadoris rubroannulata

Eubranchus sp. 6

Eubranchus sp. 6

Eubranchus sp. 6

Eubranchus sp. 6

Eubranchus sp. 6

Trinchesia diversicolor

Trinchesia diversicolor