Saturday, August 9, 2014

Species List: La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, 3-08-2014

11 species sighted at La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast.

Julie and Terry on this single shore entry dive of 89 minutes in depths to 5.5m. 10m viz and 18C water temp.

Julie’s new drysuit arrived and she was champing at the bit to try it out, so with the boat temporarily out of action we headed off to La Balsa Park to try out the suit, oh and to look for nudibranchs of course!  A word of warning: when diving in a drysuit always make sure you have a buddy who does up your zip properly.   The visibility was lovely and perhaps a little too bright for some of the critters which seemed to be tucked away out of the glare. We covered a slightly different area this time and all of the usual suspects were there. We did notice that there was an increase in filamentous algae and it was very silty. The reason is not known as we had not had rain and the water is still cold.  Critter list follows.

Number of species sighted
* Species with highest specimen count

Analogium amakusanum 2
Doto sp. 3 1
Goniobranchus daphne 5
Goniodoridella savignyi 2
Goniodoridella sp. 1 4
Hypselodoris obscura 2
Phidiana bourailli 1
Pleurobranchus weberi 4
Pteraeolidia ianthina 10
Trinchesia yamasui 1
*Unidentia angelvaldesi 14

 Analogium amakusanum
 Trinchesia yamasui

 Pleurobranchus weberi

 Substrate - Julie in the new dry suit

 Unidentia angelvaldesi

 Goniodoridella sp. 1

Phidiana bourailli