Sunday, April 30, 2017

SpeciesList: 29-04-2017, La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Qld

11 species sighted at La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Qld, 29-04-2017.

A single shore entry dive by Julie, Terry, Gary and David of 104 minutes. Maximum depth 6.0 m, 23 C water temperature and up to 1 m viz.

There was a lot of particulate matter in the water that reduced the visibility considerably but did not affect the enjoyment of the dive. We all stayed in touch and moved slowly over the substrate examining it closely. Seven of the eleven species sighted were aeolids that were feeding on the hydroid coverage. The sighting of Facelina sp. 11 is only the second time we have seen it.

Number of species sighted
* Species with highest specimen count.

Atys semistriatus -1
Cratena lineata -12
Facelina bourailli - 1
Facelina sp. 11 -1
Flabellina rubrolineata -22
Goniobranchus daphne -2
* Goniodoridella sp. 1 -27
Hypselodoris obscura -4
Pteraeolidia semperi - 1
Tenellia sibogae - 2
Tenellia sp. 23 -1

Cratena lineata

Tenellia sp. 23

Atys semistriatus

Goniodoridella sp. 1

Tenellia sibogae

Facelina bourailli

Before the descent


Flabellina rubrolineata

Hypselodoris obscura

Facelina sp. 11

Goniobranchus daphne

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