Sunday, April 10, 2016

Species List: La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, 09-04-2016

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

Julie, Terry, Gary and David on this single, shore entry dive of 150 minutes. Maximum depth 6.0 m, 26 C water temperature and 3 m viz.

The whole Team dived together for this outing and we mostly managed to keep out of each other's way. We keep finding the same number of species but different ones apart from the every-time regulars. It's still a joy after about 60 dives there over the past two years. You never know what's going to turn up.

Number of species sighted
* Species with highest specimen count.

Doto sp. 3 -3
Elysia pusilla -1
Eubranchus sp. 10 -5
* Flabellina angelvaldesi -57
Goniobranchus aureopurpureus -1
Goniobranchus daphne -5
Goniodoridella sp. 1 -18
Goniodoridella sp. 3 -1
Gymnodoris nigricolor -1
Hypselodoris obscura -4
Myja longicornis -3
Plakobranchus sp. 1 -2
Pleurobranchus weberi -4
Pteraeolidia semperi -16
Trinchesia sp. 23 -2
Trinchesia sp. 32 -2
Trinchesia yamasui -2

Surface Conditions

Goniobranchus aureopurpureus 

A mating pair - Pleurobranchus weberi 

Gymnodoris nigricolor

A pair - Flabellina angelvaldesi

Plakobranchus sp. 1

Goniodoridella sp. 1

Trinchesia sp. 32 
(formerly referred to by us as Trinchesia cf. yamasui)

The reverse surface shot

Pteraeolidia semperi

Hypselodoris obscura

Goniobranchus daphne

Pleurobranchus weberi - on the move

Doto sp. 3

A really big Plakobranchus sp. 1

Myja longicornis

Eubranchus sp. 10

Goniodoridella sp. 3

Trinchesia yamasui

Trinchesia sp. 23 - amongst the hydroid polyps