Sunday, September 17, 2017

Species List: 16-09-2017, Terry’s Delight, Arkwright Shoals, off Point Arkwright, Yaroomba, Sunshine Coast, Qld.

28 species sighted at Terry’s Delight, Arkwright Shoals, off Point Arkwright, Yaroomba, Sunshine Coast, Qld, 16-09-2017.

Gary and David on this excursion consisting of 1 x 82 minute and 1 x 76 minute dives in water depths from 13 m to 16 m. 12 m viz, 21 C water temp and no surge.

From the forecasts, Saturday seemed the most promising for good diving conditions. The chosen site was already taken by a boatload of spearos (everyone being on the water with such calm conditions) so we backtracked to Terry’s Delight. The pick landed on the flat terrain to the east of our normal spot so we took the opportunity to explore that a little before heading west and up onto the plateaus and crevasses we know so well. Finds of note include Oxynoe viridis in the Caulerpa and Verconia decussata. In situ the latter is usually confused with sister species Verconia simplex until the body shape and rhinophore colouration are examined closely. We surfaced after the second dive in very choppy seas with wind gusts over 20 knots the sea breeze having come in early, with a vengeance. It pushed us home.

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

Aegires gardineri -/1
Ardeadoris rubroannulata 2/-
* Ardeadoris sp. 2 -/12
Bornella anguilla -/4
Chelidonura inornata -/1
Chromodoris kuiteri 1/-
Chromodoris striatella 3/1
Dermatobranchus oculus 2/-
Dermatobranchus sp. 7 2/-
Dermatobranchus sp. 8 1/-
Doriprismatica atromarginata 5/6
Glossodoris vespa -/1
Gonibranchus daphne -/1
Goniobranchus splendidus 1/1
Goniodoridella savignyi 1/1
Hypselodoris jacksoni 1/4
Hypselodoris obscura -/7
Hypselodoris sagamiensis 2/-
Jorunna sp. 3 -/1
Oxynoe viridis -/1
Phyllidia ocellata 1/1
Phyllidiella pustulosa 2/3
Pleurolidia juliae -/2
Sagaminopteron ornatum -/3
Thuridilla splendens 3/3
Tornatina sp. 1 1/-
Tritoniopsis elegans 2/1
Verconia decussata 2/-

Ready to cast off

Mount Coolum to the west southwest

The flat terrain to the east of the normal site

Rich with a mixture of soft and hard corals, 
sponges and hydroids

Tornatina sp. 1 - a shell

Phyllidia ocellata

Doriprismatica atromarginata

Hypselodoris jacksoni

Goniobranchus splendidus

Tritoniopsis elegans

Ardeadoris rubroannulata - a pair

Thuridilla splendens

Chromodoris kuiteri

Sagaminopteron ornatum

Phyllidiella pustulosa

Chelidonura inornata

Aegires gardineri

Oxynoe viridis

The typical broken terrain at Terry's Delight

Goniodoridella savignyi 

Hypselodoris sagamiensis

Verconia decussata

Hypselodoris obscura

Gonibranchus daphne

Bornella anguilla - head profile

Bornella anguilla - head on

Ardeadoris sp. 2 - a slime of nine

Jorunna sp. 3