Thursday, July 30, 2020

Species List: 29-07-2020, Fish Cage upriver plus, La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Qld.

32 species sighted at Fish Cage upriver plus, La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Qld. 29-07-2020.

A single shore entry dive split in two by Gary, Tracey and Harvey of 200 minutes. Maximum depth 5.9 m, 20 C water temperature up to 8 m viz.

Magic day when we arrived sunny, smooth water, light winds... the viz was great until about 75 minutes into the dive, after hearing a strange kind of boat motor noise we were engulfed by a dark thick mass off shit that steak-rolled us. We all made out way to the surface and were gob-smacked. We finned on the surface to the stairs and looked down only to see the water was clear again...so off we went. Some very nice finds from under rocks today!

Species and number thereof sighted
* Species with highest specimen count

Costasiella kuroshimae -1
Cratena lineata -13
Eubranchus sp. 3 -2
Facelina bourailli -1
Facelina sp. 11 -2
Flabellina lotos -30
Flabellina sp. 9 -2
Goniobranchus decorus -1
Goniodoridella savignyi -51
Goniodoridella sp. 1 -3
Gymnodoris sp. 10 -1
Gymnodoris sp. 19 -1
Haminoea sp. 17 shell -1
Haminoea sp. 19 shell -1
Hypselodoris obscura -4
Liloa brevis shell -2
Niparaya sp. 14 -1
Philinopsis speciosa -2
Pleurobranchus peronii juvenile -2
Pleurobranchus weberi juvenile -1
Pruvotfolia sp. 1 -1
Retusa amphizosta shell -1
Retusa sp. 6 shell -2
Roxaniella leucampyx shell -2
Tenellia sibogae -2
Tenellia sp. 24 -2
Tenellia sp. 44 -1
Tenellia sp. 66 -1
* Unidentia sp. 1 -52
Unidentia sp. 2 -14
Unidentia sp. 3 -2
Unidentia sp. 14 -1

Beautiful entry

The drift

Substrate

Substrate

 Unidentia sp. 1

Goniodoridella savignyi

Retusa sp. 6

Searching

Cratena lineata and Flabellina lotos

Flabellina lotos x2

Flabellina sp. 9

Unidentia sp. 3

Unidentia sp. 3 and Unidentia sp. 1 x2

Liloa brevis

Facelina sp. 11

Retusa amphizosta

Philinopsis speciosa

Gymnodoris sp. 19

Unidentia sp. 14

Roxaniella leucampyx

Haminoea sp. 17

Retusa sp. 6

Roxaniella leucampyx 

You looking at me?

Niparaya sp. 14

A what??

Cratena lineata

Pleurobranchus peronii juvenile

Tenellia sp. 66

Goniodoridella savignyi 

Goniodoridella sp. 1

Flabellina sp. 9

Goniodoridella sp. 1

Pleurobranchus weberi juvenile

Cratena lineata

Pleurobranchus peronii juvenile

Unidentia sp. 2

Goniodoridella savignyi 

Flabellina lotos 

Unidentia sp. 2 x2

Philinopsis speciosa

Goniodoridella sp. 1

Tenellia sp. 44

Haminoea sp. 19

Pruvotfolia sp. 1 

Tenellia sibogae

Eubranchus sp. 3

Costasiella kuroshimae

Hypselodoris obscura

Goniobranchus decorus

Gymnodoris sp. 10

Facelina bourailli

Tenellia sp. 24 


Monday, July 27, 2020

Species List: 26-07-2020, Fish Cage, La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Qld.

30 species sighted at Fish Cage, La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Qld. 23-07-2020.

A single shore entry dive by Gary and David of 242 minutes. Maximum depth 5.9 m, 20 C water temperature up to 6 m viz.

Another Melbourne kind of winter day is here! The water is still quite clear even tho we have had all night rain. We recorded a new species of Polycera, exciting! A Goniodoridella animal with brown collar and brown sides to the body was also recorded, we will separate this one as a new species...unusual. Niparaya sp. 12 was also a great find and we have not seen it since the big flush-out. Another great outing for sure.

Species and number thereof sighted
* Species with highest specimen count

Atys sp. 8 shell -1
Cratena lineata -29
Eubranchus sp. 3 -2
Facelina bourailli -1
Facelina sp. 11 -1
Flabellina lotos -19
Flabellina sp. 9 -2
Goniodoridella savignyi -26
Goniodoridella sp. 1 -15 
Goniodoridella sp. 9 -1
Goniodoridella sp. 13 -1 NEW SPECIES
Hypselodoris obscura -3
Knoutsodonta maugeansis -1
Liloa brevis shell -3
Myja hyotan -1
Myja sp. 1 -1
Niparaya sp. 12 -1
Philinopsis speciosa -2
Polycera sp. 5 -1
Polycera sp. 8 -1 NEW SPECIES
Retusa sp. 6 shell -1
Roxaniella leucampyx shell -1
Tenellia sp. 24 -1
Tenellia sp. 44 -3
Thuridilla carlsoni -1
Tornatina sp. 1 shell -1
* Unidentia sp. 1 -30
Unidentia sp. 2 -18
Unidentia sp. 3 -2
Unidentia sp. 4 -1

Entry

Ready to go

Searching?

Substrate

Unidentia sp. 1

Cratena lineata 

Unidentia sp. 1 juvenile

Philinopsis speciosa

Niparaya sp. 12

Liloa brevis

Flabellina lotos

Tornatina sp. 1 

Goniodoridella sp. 9

Unidentia sp. 1

Unidentia sp. 1

Roxaniella leucampyx 

Retusa sp. 6

Substrate

Facelina sp. 11

Eubranchus sp. 3

Unidentia sp. 2 

Unidentia sp. 4

Thuridilla carlsoni

Goniodoridella sp. 13  NEW SPECIES

Goniodoridella sp. 13  NEW SPECIES

Goniodoridella sp. 13  NEW SPECIES

Atys sp. 8 

Facelina sp. 11

Goniodoridella sp. 1 

Goniodoridella savignyi 

Unidentia sp. 3 

Cratena lineata

Polycera sp. 8  NEW SPECIES

Polycera sp. 8  NEW SPECIES

Polycera sp. 8  NEW SPECIES

Facelina bourailli

Goniodoridella sp. 1 

Polycera sp. 5

Myja hyotan below, Myja sp. 1 top

Myja sp. 1

Philinopsis speciosa

Fish Cage

Unidentia sp. 1 juvenile

Philinopsis speciosa

Unidentia sp. 1 

Tenellia sp. 24 

Goniodoridella savignyi 

Goniodoridella sp. 9 

Facelina sp. 11

Eubranchus sp. 3

Polycera sp. 8  NEW SPECIES

Hypselodoris obscura mating pair

Cratena lineata 

Flabellina sp. 9

Tenellia sp. 44 x3