Thursday, July 20, 2017

Species List: 19-07-2017, La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Qld.

13 species sighted at La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Qld, 19-07-2017.

A single shore entry dive by Terry, Gary and David of 91 minutes. Maximum depth 7 m, 20 C water temperature and up to 5 m viz.

A gusting westerly wind blowing straight down the river toyed with us as we geared up for a late afternoon/evening dive. Conditions below, thankfully were excellent but the slugs were not around in great numbers or variety. More than half of the species types were aeolids.

Number of species sighted
* Species with highest specimen count

Bulbaeolidia alba -2
Dendrodoris fumata -1
Facelina sp. 11 -1
Flabellina angelvaldesi -1
Flabellina rubrolineata -2
Goniodoridella savignyi -2
Goniodoridella sp. 1 -8
Gymnodoris sp. 10 -4
Gymnodoris sp. 17 -1
Hypselodoris obscura -6
* Pteraeolidia semperi -17
Tenellia sibogae -4
Tenellia sp. 24 -1

Goniodoridella sp. 1

Gymnodoris sp. 17

Tenellia sibogae

Flabellina rubrolineata

Surface conditions

Bulbaeolidia alba

Dendrodoris fumata

Substrate

Terry searching for slugs

Hypselodoris obscura

Gymnodoris sp. 10

Tenellia sp. 24

Pteraeolidia semperi

Goniodoridella savignyi

Facelina sp. 11







Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Species List: 17-07-2017, Fairyland Gutters, Gneering Shoals, east of Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Qld

8 species sighted at Fairyland Gutters, Gneering Shoals, east of Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Qld, 17-07-2017

Gary and Magnus on this excursion consisting of 1 x 74 minute and 1 x 59 minute dives in water depths from 14 m to 17 m. 20+ m viz, 21 C water temp and a little surge.

Again great conditions! The clarity of the water was better then the previous dives. BUT the Nudibranch numbers were dramatically down. Hard searching yielded only 8 species, but I did manage to find our 711th species.

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

Bornella anguilla 1/-
Chromodoris kuiteri -/1
Chromodoris sp. 1 -/1
Doriprismatica atromarginata 2/1
Hypselodoris jacksoni 1/2
* Hypselodoris obscura 3/2
Platydoris sanguinea 1/-
Tenellia sp. 45 1/-  New Species

Chromodoris sp. 1

Substrate

Platydoris sanguinea

Platydoris sanguinea

Bornella anguilla

Tenellia sp. 45  New Species

Hypselodoris jacksoni

Hypselodoris obscura

More beautiful clean water

Hypselodoris jacksoni

Doriprismatica atromarginata

Substrate

Surface conditions

Species List: 16-07-2017, Shellacey Reef, Gneering Shoals, east of Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Qld

18 species sighted at Shellacey Reef, Gneering Shoals, east of Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Qld, 16-07-2017

Gary and Magnus on this excursion consisting of 1 x 68 minute and 1 x 57 minute dives in water depths from 16 m to 17 m. 20 m viz, 21 C water temp and a little surge.

Again great conditions, and a great boat ride out and back in Magnus's boat, thank you. The water was very clean, you could see the bottom from the boat and visa versa. We anchored just north of the site we normally go to but the three small walls made searching fun.

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

Bulbaeolidia alba 1/-
* Chromodoris elisabethina 7/2
Chromodoris kuiteri 1/-
Chromodoris magnifica 1/-
Cratena simba -/1
Dermatobranchus rodmani 1/-
Doriprismatica atromarginata 3/-
Goniobranchus splendidus 1/1
Hexabranchus sanguineus 1/-
Hypselodoris jacksoni 2/1
Phyllidia varicosa -/1
Phyllidiella pustulosa 1/1
Pleurobranchus peronii -/1
Pteraeolidia semperi 1/-
Tenellia sp. 33 -/1
Tenellia sp. 35 1/-
Thuridilla carlsoni 1/-
Thuridilla splendens -/2

The substrate

Magnus coming down the chain

Chromodoris elisabethina

Thuridilla carlsoni

Thuridilla carlsoni

Dermatobranchus rodmani

Pteraeolidia semperi

Hypselodoris jacksoni

Chromodoris magnifica

Goniobranchus splendidus

Chromodoris kuiteri

Bulbaeolidia alba

Phyllidiella pustulosa

Tenellia sp. 33

Chromodoris elisabethina

Doriprismatica atromarginata

Chromodoris elisabethina

Hexabranchus sanguineus

Hexabranchus sanguineus

Perfect surface conditions

Cratena simba

Substrate

Thuridilla splendens

Pleurobranchus peronii juvenile

Substrate