Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Species List: 14-01-2019, Toilet Block, Mooloolah River, La Balsa Park, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Qld.

18 species sighted at Toilet Block, Mooloolah River, La Balsa Park, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Qld, 14-01-2019.

A single shore dive by Gary, Gail and Adele on this excursion consisting of 1 x 181 minute dive in water depth up to 6.6 m, up to 3 m viz, 27 C water temp.

You never know what you'll find when diving the Mooloolah River. Finding a 70 mm Ceratosoma tenue was extraordinary. Then to top that off another Notobryon wardi 60 mm was found in a hydroid bunch. As allways looking for the Mexichromis animals is fun and today we found one.

Species and number thereof sighted
* Species with highest specimen count

Ceratosoma tenue -1 NEW RECORD FOR RIVER
Dermatobranchus sp. 7 -1
Doto sp. 6 -3
Eubranchus sp. 10 -2
Flabellina rubrolineata -18
Goniobranchus daphne -3
Goniobranchus decorus -4
Goniobranchus splendidus -1
Goniodoridella sp. 1 -12
Gymnodoris amakusana -1
Gymnodoris sp. 10 -4
Hypselodoris obscura -11
Jorunna sp. 6 -3
Mexichromis sp. 1 -1
Notobryon wardi -1
* Pteraeolidia semperi -20
Tenellia sibogae -1
Verconia simplex -2

Another summer entry

Ready to go

Hypselodoris obscura

Jorunna sp. 6

Substrate

Ceratosoma tenue  NEW RECORD FOR RIVER

Pteraeolidia semperi juvenile

Flabellina rubrolineata

Goniobranchus daphne

Doto sp. 6

Gymnodoris sp. 10 attacking Pteraeolidia semperi

Goniobranchus decorus

Pteraeolidia semperi

Flabellina rubrolineata

Eubranchus sp. 10

Gymnodoris sp. 10 

Goniobranchus splendidus

Substrate

Goniobranchus daphne

Tenellia sibogae

Mexichromis sp. 1

Dermatobranchus sp. 7

Verconia simplex

Goniodoridella sp. 1

Notobryon wardi

Notobryon wardi anterior end

Notobryon wardi gills

Gymnodoris amakusana

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Species List: 12-01-2019, Fish Cage, Mooloolah River, La Balsa Park, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Qld.

16 species sighted at Fish Cage, Mooloolah River, La Balsa Park, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Qld, 12-01-2019.

A single solo shore dive by Gary on this excursion consisting of 1 x 157 minute dive in water depth up to 5.8 m, up to 3 m viz, 27 C water temp.

Another warm summer day and the river still looks great. Floated up river to the trees and descended. Released the Eubranchus inabai after a couple shots. The mission on this dive was to search the sand and there were some nice species to be found. Another Costasiella sp. 3 but a fairly large one about 6--7 mm. Also found up in the 3 m level was a large Philinopsis speciosa at about 20 mm and very colourful. Another Haminoea sp. 12 was found with it's very long tail which serves as an anchor for the animal to retract if confronted. All in all a very relaxing dive.

Species and number thereof sighted
* Species with highest specimen count

Atys semistriatus shell -3
Costasiella sp. 3 -1
Cratena lineata -8
Doto sp. 6 -5
Eubranchus sp. 10 -3
Facelina sp. 11 -2
* Flabellina rubrolineata -18
Goniobranchus daphne -1
Goniodoridella sp. 1 -7
Gymnodoris amakusana -2
Haminoea sp. shell -1
Haminoea sp. 12 -1
Hydatina physis shell remnant -1
Hypselodoris obscura -4
Philinopsis speciosa -1
Retusa sp. 5 shell -3

A summer entry

Eubranchus inabai released - long rhinophores!

Goniodoridella sp. 1

Haminoea sp. 12

Haminoea sp. 12

Philinopsis speciosa

Hypselodoris obscura

Retusa sp. 5 shell

Gymnodoris amakusana

Substrate

Costasiella sp. 3

Doto sp. 6

Atys semistriatus shell

Goniobranchus daphne

Facelina sp. 11

Cratena lineata

Eubranchus sp. 10

Hypselodoris obscura head down

Flabellina rubrolineata pair

Fish Cage

Cratena lineata pair

Friday, January 11, 2019

Species List: 11-01-2019, Toilet Block, Mooloolah River, La Balsa Park, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Qld.

21 species sighted at Toilet Block, Mooloolah River, La Balsa Park, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Qld, 11-01-2019.

A single shore dive by Gary, Gail and Adele on this excursion consisting of 1 x 155 minute dive in water depth up to 6.8 m, up to 3 m viz, 28 C water temp.

When you're free and the ocean is a little upset - go dive the river. From the shore the water looked pretty nice, and the heat of the morning made for a quick entry. Today was the first time the water temp was 28 C, very tropical. The second sighting of Eubranchus inabai was a great find in amoungst the hydroids while searching for Doto and Eubranchus animals.

Species and number thereof sighted
* Species with highest specimen count

Dermatobranchus sp. 7 -1
Eubranchus inabai -1 Second sighting
Eubranchus sp. 10 -3
Flabellina rubrolineata -21
Goniobranchus daphne -1
Goniobranchus geometricus -1
Goniodoridella savignyi -1
Goniodoridella sp. 1 -13
Goniodoridella sp. 5 -1
Gymnodoris amakusana -1
Gymnodoris sp. 10 -5
Haminoea sp. shell -1
Hypselodoris obscura -11
Hypselodoris whitei -1
Jorunna sp. 6 -5
Mexichromis sp. 1 -1
* Pteraeolidia semperi -29
Spinophallus falciphallus -1
Tenellia sibogae -3
Tenellia sp. 23 -2
Tenellia sp. 35 -1

Entry and summer bathers

Ready to go

Hypselodoris obscura

Pteraeolidia semperi

Jorunna sp. 6

Jorunna sp. 6

Substrate

Flabellina rubrolineata

Pteraeolidia semperi juvenile

Eubranchus inabai

Eubranchus inabai

Eubranchus inabai

Eubranchus sp. 10

Goniobranchus daphne

Mexichromis sp. 1

Spinophallus falciphallus

Dermatobranchus sp. 7

Goniodoridella sp. 5

Gymnodoris sp. 10

Goniobranchus geometricus

Tenellia sp. 23

Tenellia sp. 35

Tenellia sibogae

Flabellina rubrolineata

Substrate

Hypselodoris whitei

Goniodoridella sp. 1

Haminoea sp. shell

Eubranchus inabai