Friday, February 10, 2017

Species List: 09-02-2017, La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Queensland.

16 species sighted at La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, 09-02-2017.

Gary and David were joined by Sue & Rogan on this single shore entry dive, of 100 minutes. Maximum depth 6.2 m, 28 C water temperature and up to 2 m viz.

Our good friends and like-minded divers Sue Churchill and Rogan Draper are visiting from North Queensland. They have a wider knowledge and interests in underwater critters than us tragic nudibranch chasers. A couple of the Flabellina species were sighted hopefully heralding a return of these once prevalent slugs.

Number of species sighted
* Species with highest specimen count.

* Atys semistriatus -5
Carminodoris nodulosa -1
Chelidonura fulvipunctata -1
Eubranchus sp. 10 -3
Flabellina angelvaldesi -2
Flabellina sp. 5 -1
Goniobranchus daphne -2
Goniobranchus splendidus -4
Goniodoridella sp. 1 -3
Gymnodoris sp. 9 -1 TBC
Hypselodoris obscura -3
Noumeaella sp. 1 -1
Philinopsis falciphallus -1
Pteraeolidia semperi -2
Tenellia sibogae -3
Tenellia sp. 23 -1

Gearing up

The slug hunters queue up at the entry point

Surface conditions under the last of the sun

Goniobranchus daphne

Tenellia sp. 23

Tenellia sibogae

Tenellia sibogae - uncommon colour variation

Noumeaella sp. 1

Noumeaella sp. 1

Flabellina sp. 5 

Chelidonura fulvipunctata

Flabellina angelvaldesi

Philinopsis falciphallus

Pteraeolidia semperi

Eubranchus sp. 10

Carminodoris nodulosa

Goniobranchus splendidus

Atys semistriatus

Goniodoridella sp. 1

Gymnodoris sp. 9

Hypselodoris obscura