Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Species List: La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, 15-05-2016

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

Julie, Gary & David on this single shore entry dive of 125 minutes. Maximum depth 6.3 m, 24 C water temperature and 4 m viz.

A very busy afternoon in the waterway with all manner of small and large craft passing through to make the most of the glorious weather we are experiencing. Nothing new to report from this dive except that Flabellina angelvaldesi is present in plague proportions obviously taking advantage of the plentiful hydroids they feed upon. We enjoyed a BBQ afterwards where we were joined by Terry and our good friends and fellow divers Sue Churchill and Rogan Draper down from the tropics visiting family. It was wonderful to catch up and receive all the latest news of their sailing, diving and natural history investigations.

Number of species sighted
* Species with highest specimen count.

Eubranchus sp. 10 -2
* Flabellina angelvaldesi -181
Flabellina exoptata -1
Goniobranchus aureopurpureus -1
Goniobranchus daphne -5
Goniobranchus decorus -4
Goniodoridella sp. 1 -8
Hypselodoris obscura -4
Phidiana bourailli -3
Philinopsis pilsbryi -1
Pleurobranchus weberi -1
Pteraeolidia semperi -17
Verconia simplex -1

Surface conditions

Goniobranchus daphne

Hypselodoris obscura

Flabellina angelvaldesi

Philinopsis pilsbryi

Verconia simplex

Goniobranchus decorus

Phidiana bourailli

Pleurobranchus weberi

Searching the substrate 

Goniobranchus aureopurpureus

Substrate view - what is that fish doing there/here?

Goniodoridella sp. 1

Flabellina exoptata

Eubranchus sp. 10 

Pteraeolidia semperi