Sunday, July 16, 2017

Species List: 15-07-2017, Terry's Delight, Arkwright Shoals, south of Coolum, Sunshine Coast, Qld.

28 species sighted at Terry's Delight, Arkwright Shoals, south of Coolum, Sunshine Coast, Qld, 15-07-2017.

Julie, Terry, Gary and David on this excursion consisting of 1 x 68 minute and 1 x 77 minute dives in water depths from 13 m to 18 m. 15 m viz, 20 C water temp and a little surge.

Great conditions, a comfortable dive boat and wonderful dive companions - it’s as if all the planets have aligned - no excuse for not having a good time. We anchored a little to the south of our normal spot at this dive site and took advantage of the varied terrain offered. The species count is unremarkable but then it has been similar on both the Gneering Shoals and Currimundi Reef of late. The Ardeadoris sp. 2 came second in the  specimen count being pipped by the Doriprismatica atromarginata. No surprises there. The former were found in slimes of four and five. The Goniobranchus leopardus is an infrequent and delightful find.

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

Aegires flores 1/-
Aegires gardineri 1/-
Ardeadoris rubroannulata 1/-
Ardeadoris sp. 2 9/2
Bornella anguilla -/3
Chromodoris elisabethina 3/2
Chromodoris kuiteri 2/1
Dermatobranchus ornatus -/1
* Doriprismatica atromarginata 8/20
Flabellina exoptata 1/1
Glossodoris vespa 4/2
Goniobranchus geometricus 1/-
Goniobranchus leopardus -/1
Goniobranchus splendidus -/4
Hexabranchus sanguineus 1/1
Hypselodoris jacksoni 3/4
Hypselodoris obscura 3/4
Phyllidia ocellata 1/1
Phyllidia picta 1/-
Phyllidia varicosa -/1
Phyllidiella lizae 2/1
Phyllidiella pustulosa 3/2
Phyllodesmium magnum 1/-
Sagaminopteron ornatum 6/4
Tenellia sibogae 1/-
Thuridilla splendens 1/3
Tritoniopsis elegans -/4
Tylodina corticalis 3/1

Substrate - on top

Ardeadoris sp. 2 - a slime of five

Phyllidia picta

Hexabranchus sanguineus

Dermatobranchus ornatus

Goniobranchus leopardus

Getting into More Mischief

Surface conditions with Mt Coolum in background

Three quarters of The Team

Crevices, gullies and drop offs

Thuridilla splendens

Phyllodesmium magnum

Sagaminopteron ornatum

Phyllidiella pustulosa

Bornella anguilla

Tritoniopsis elegans - feeding pair

Tylodina corticalis - mating pair

Flabellina exoptata

Aegires flores

Hypselodoris jacksoni - mating pair

Aegires gardineri

Tenellia sibogae

Phyllidia varicosa

Doriprismatica atromarginata

Goniobranchus splendidus

Glossodoris vespa

Hypselodoris obscura