Saturday, June 21, 2014

Species List: The Wall, Old Woman Island, Sunshine Coast, 17-06-2014

19 species sighted at The Wall, Old Woman Island, Sunshine Coast.

Terry and David were again joined by Sue Churchill & Rogan Draper for two dives of 94 minutes and 88 minutes respectively in water depths from 5 to 16 metres. 10 metre + viz, 20C water temp and no surge.

Near perfect surface conditions were enjoyed on this long overdue return to one of our favourite sites. One strange result was the lack of any sightings of species of Thuridilla previously so common here. An unusually pale specimen of Phyllidia ocellata was observed.

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

Bornella anguilla -/2
Chromodoris striatella -/1
Cratena lineata 1/2
Cratena simba 1/-
Dermatobranchus cf. primus 1/-
Dermatobranchus ornatus -/1
Doriprismatica atromarginata 1/1
Facelina sp. 7 1/-
Flabellina sp. 1 1/-
Glossodoris vespa 1/-
Goniobranchus splendidus 1/2
Lobiger souverbii 1/1
Oxynoe viridis 1/-
Phyllidia ocellata 2/4
Phyllidia varicosa -/2
Phyllidiella pustulosa 5/2
Phyllodesmium crypticum 1/-
* Pteraeolidia ianthina 22/21
Tritoniopsis alba 2/1

Surface conditions

The substrate - looking over the edge of The Wall

Running out the line

Dermatobranchus cf. primus

Cratena simba

Goniobranchus splendidus

Oxynoe viridis - view one

Oxynoe viridis - view two

Juvenile Tritoniopsis alba

The endemic Glossodoris vespa

A pair of Cratena lineata

Phyllidia ocellata

A very pale Phyllidia ocellata

Phyllidia varicosa

Lobiger souverbii

Facelina sp. 7

Dermatobranchus ornatus

Finishing the dive and enjoying 
the surface conditions