Sunday, November 12, 2017

Species List: 11-11-2017, La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Qld.

10 species sighted at La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Qld, 11-11-2017.

A single shore entry dive by Gary, Elisha and Gail of 106 minutes. Cedric and Hong were also in the water Maximum depth 5.9m, 23 C water temperature and 1 m viz or less.

A warm sunny day did not tell us the water conditions we were about to encounter. Upon descending the visibility was nearly zero. The high swell and winds have stirred it all up. We did have just enough vis to see the substrate. The species count was challenging as well as the photography. At times the silty water became a zero vis situation.

Number of species sighted
* Species with highest specimen count

Cratena lineata -2
Flabellina rubrolineata -1
* Goniobranchus daphne -17
Goniobranchus geometricus -3
Goniobranchus sp. 6 -4
Goniodoridella sp. 1 -3
Gymnodoris sp. 10 -1
Hypselodoris obscura -4
Pteraeolidia semperi -1
Tenellia sp. 23 -3

The entry

Elisha and Cedric going to work

Hypselodoris obscura

Tenellia sp. 23

Goniodoridella sp. 1

Substrate

Gail

Goniobranchus daphne

Goniobranchus geometricus

Gymnodoris sp. 10

Pteraeolidia semperi juvenile

Cratena lineata

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Species List: 09-11-2017, La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Qld.

15 species sighted at La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Qld, 09-11-2017.

A single shore entry dive by Gary, Gail and Chris of 127 minutes. Maximum depth 6.7m, 23 C water temperature and 2 to 4 m viz.

A sunny day greeted us at the river today. We knew the viz wasn't going to be so good but we didn't care. 7 species of Aeolids were found and some mighty nice dorids as well.

Number of species sighted
* Species with highest specimen count

Cratena lineata -2
Cratena sp. 6 -1 New Species
Eubranchus sp. 10 -6
Flabellina rubrolineata -3
Goniobranchus aureopurpureus -1
* Goniobranchus daphne -10
Goniobranchus geometricus -1
Goniodoridella sp. 1 -4
Gymnodoris sp. 9 -2
Gymnodoris sp. 13 -1
Hypselodoris obscura -6
Tenellia sibogae -6
Tenellia sp. 23 -3
Tubulophilinopsis pilsbryi -1
Verconia simplex -1

The dive site entry

Chris and Gail on the gang plank

Tenellia sibogae

Tubulophilinopsis pilsbryi

Tenellia sibogae and a shrimp

Substrate

Flabellina rubrolineata

Eubranchus sp. 10

Hypselodoris obscura

Tenellia sp. 23

Gymnodoris sp. 13

Gymnodoris sp. 13

Goniodoridella sp. 1

Goniobranchus daphne

Hypselodoris obscura

Flabellina rubrolineata

Cratena lineata

Gymnodoris sp. 9

Cratena sp. 6  New Species

Flabellina rubrolineata

Goniobranchus geometricus

Gymnodoris sp. 9

Verconia simplex

Goniobranchus aureopurpureus

Species List: 08-11-2017, La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Qld.

19 species sighted at La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Qld, 08-11-2017.

A single shore entry dive by Gary and David of 133 minutes. Maximum depth 6.3 m, 24 C water temperature and 1 to 2 m viz.

From the shore the viz looked reasonable however upon descent we were lucky to have 2 metres at most which dropped to 1 metre on the turn of the tide. Still, how much viz do you need to find 5 mm long sea slugs in the silt? There is an even spread of dorids and aeolids amongst the finds. A couple worth mentioning are Eubranchus sp. 3 and Cratena sp. 5 the latter being adult specimens to the recent juvenile first-find out at Coles Hole on the Gneering Shoals.

Number of species sighted
* Species with highest specimen count

Atys semistriatus shell -3
* Cratena lineata -14
Cratena sp. 5 -2
Elysia sp. 11 -1
Eubranchus sp. 3 -1
Eubranchus sp. 10 -8
Facelina bourailli -1
Flabellina angelvaldesi -1
Goniobranchus aureopurpureus -1
Goniobranchus daphne -6
Goniobranchus geometricus -2
Goniodoridella savignyi -3
Goniodoridella sp. 1 -9
Goniodoridella sp. 6 -1
Hypselodoris obscura -3
Hypselodoris whitei -1
Spinophallus falciphallus -2
Tenellia puellula -1
Tenellia sp. 23 -11

The dive site

Substrate

Eubranchus sp. 10

Goniodoridella sp. 6

Goniobranchus aureopurpureus

Cratena lineata

Hypselodoris obscura

Flabellina angelvaldesi

Goniodoridella sp. 1

Spinophallus falciphallus - 
formerly of Philinopsis

Hypselodoris whitei

Goniobranchus geometricus

Goniodoridella savignyi - mating pair

Atys semistriatus shell

Goniobranchus daphne

Elysia sp. 11

The viz at the beacon pile

Facelina bourailli

Eubranchus sp. 3

Tenellia puellula

Tenellia sp. 23

Cratena sp. 5