Sunday, January 19, 2020

Species List: 18-01-2020, Rotunda upriver, La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Qld.

22 species sighted at Rotunda upriver, La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Qld. 18-01-2020.

A single shore entry dive by Gary, Fran and Never of 178 minutes. Maximum depth 5.7 m, 27 C water temperature and up to 4m viz.

I got caught on the motorway to Mooloolaba in a massive stopped traffic jam. What would take 12-15 minutes took 1 hour and 35 minutes, which included me driving over a median strip to go back and take the exit to Kawana and then to the river....whew. After the dive I had a flat battery and had to call roadside assist. After some heavy all night rain the river was a little worse for wear. Finding the third Embletonia gracilis was a treat for me. Also great to see where the numbers of Myja sp. 1.

Species and number thereof sighted
* Species with highest specimen count

Atys sp. shell -1
Cratena lineata -1
Dermatobranchus sp. 7 -1
Discodoris lilacina -1
Doto sp. 6 -6
Embletonia gracilis -1 (Third animal found)
Facelina sp. 3 -1
Facelina sp. 11 -1
Flabellina lotos -1
Goniobranchus decorus -4
Goniobranchus daphne -4
Goniobranchus geometricus -1
Goniodoridella sp. 1 -4
* Hypselodoris obscura -18
Myja sp. 1 -11
Niparaya sp. 1 -1
Phyllodesmium acanthorhinum -1
Phyllodesmium opalescens -1
Pleurobranchus weberi -2
Pteraeolidia semperi -1
Roxaniella leucampyx shell -3
Thuridilla carlsoni -1

Entry

Surface

Substrate

Goniobranchus decorus 

Thuridilla carlsoni

Dermatobranchus sp. 7 

Doto sp. 6

Myja sp. 1

Pleurobranchus weberi 

Hypselodoris obscura

Goniobranchus decorus

Niparaya sp. 1

Niparaya sp. 1

Facelina sp. 3

Phyllodesmium opalescens

Goniobranchus geometricus

Goniobranchus daphne

Hypselodoris obscura

Atys sp. shell

Goniodoridella sp. 1

Goniodoridella sp. 1

Roxaniella leucampyx shell

Embletonia gracilis

Goniobranchus daphne

Myja sp. 1

a dying Pleurobranchus weberi 

Goniobranchus decorus

Flabellina lotos

Facelina sp. 11

Pteraeolidia semperi 

Discodoris lilacina



Friday, January 17, 2020

Species List: 16-01-2020, Rotunda upriver, La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Qld.

15 species sighted at Rotunda upriver, La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Qld. 16-01-2020.

A single shore entry dive by Gary and Chris of 186 minutes. Maximum depth 5.8 m, 26 C water temperature and up to 7 m viz (measured).

The water looked much better than the other day. The viz was measured from a reel at 7 m which was quite nice.....STILL! The beginning of the dive had quite bit of current but very doable. And two Hairy Frogfish and a Stokes Sea Snake!

Species and number thereof sighted
* Species with highest specimen count

Atys sp. shell -1
Doto sp. 3 -3
Doto sp. 6 -11
Facelina sp. 3 -2
Facelina sp. 11 -1
Flabellina lotos -1
Goniobranchus daphne -3
Goniobranchus geometricus -2
Goniodoridella sp. 1 -14
Hypselodoris jacksoni -1
* Hypselodoris obscura -20
Myja sp. 1 -3
Placida kevinleei -1 (very small!)
Roxaniella leucampyx shell -3
Thuridilla carlsoni -2

Entry

Ready to go

Substrate

Goniodoridella sp. 1 

Hypselodoris obscura

Placida kevinleei  (very small!)

Thuridilla carlsoni

Substrate

Myja hydroid

Myja sp. 1 

Myja sp. 1 

Hypselodoris jacksoni juvenile

Doto sp. 6

Hypselodoris jacksoni juvenile

Thuridilla carlsoni

Hypselodoris obscura

Myja sp. 1

Myja sp. 1

Goniobranchus geometricus

Flabellina lotos

Goniobranchus daphne

Facelina sp. 3

Goniobranchus daphne

Atys sp. shell

Goniodoridella sp. 1

Shooting mode

Facelina sp. 11