Sunday, September 20, 2020

Species List: 19-09-2020, Rotunda up river, La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Qld.

 30 species sighted at Rotunda up river, La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Qld. 19-09-2020.

A single shore entry dive Gary, David, Fran and Nevar of 230 minutes. Maximum depth 5.6 m, 21 C water temperature, 8+ m viz. 

The weekend is here and with a 1.8 m tidal flow we entered the water at 3 hours before high tide. Yes the current was very healthy! I went low while David went high, he found some interesting species from under rocks. Not a bad dive!

Species and number thereof sighted
* Species with highest specimen count

Atys semistriatus shell -1
Atys sp. 8 shell -1
Bulbaeolidia alba -7
Cerberilla ambonensis -1
Costasiella kuroshimae -2
Cratena lineata -1
Discodoris lilacina -1
Elysia sp. 11 -1
Flabellina lotos -2
Goniobranchus daphne -1
Goniobranchus decorus -2
Goniobranchus geometricus -1
Goniodoridella savignyi -6
* Goniodoridella sp. 1 -25
Hypselodoris obscura -3
Knoutsodonta maugeansis -many young
Liloa brevis shell -5
Niparaya sp. 21 -1 NEW SPECIES
Pleurobranchus peronii -4
Polycera sp. 1 -1
Pruvotfolia sp. 1 -1
Retusa amphizosta shell -4
Roxaniella leucampyx  shell -1
Spurilla braziliana -1
Tenellia sp. 23 -3
Tenellia sp. 66 -1
Tornatina sp. 1 shell -1
Unidentia sp. 1 -17
Unidentia sp. 2 -3
Unidentia sp. 3 -12

Early entry

Ready to drift

Searching

Substrate

Unidentia sp. 3

Discodoris lilacina

Tenellia sp. 66

Goniodoridella sp. 1

Unidentia sp. 3

Unidentia sp. 1

Spurilla braziliana

Mob blocking my search!

Flabellina lotos

Goniodoridella savignyi

Tornatina sp. 1

Atys semistriatus

Substrate

Goniobranchus geometricus

Retusa amphizosta

Costasiella kuroshimae

Roxaniella leucampyx

Knoutsodonta maugeansis egg masses

Knoutsodonta maugeansis egg masses

Tenellia sp. 23

Hypselodoris obscura

Pruvotfolia sp. 1

Bulbaeolidia alba

Flabellina lotos

Goniodoridella sp. 1 

Goniodoridella sp. 1 

Goniobranchus decorus

Spurilla braziliana

Polycera sp. 1 

Flatworm

Pleurobranchus peronii

Still there!

Flatworm

Elysia sp. 11

Cerberilla ambonensis

Unidentia sp. 1 and Tenellia sp. 23

Tenellia sp. 23

Pleurobranchus peronii juvenile

Unidentia sp. 2

Substrate

Niparaya sp. 21  NEW SPECIES

Niparaya sp. 21  NEW SPECIES

Hypselodoris obscura laying egg mass

Hypselodoris obscura

Bulbaeolidia alba



Friday, September 18, 2020

Species List: 17-09-2020, Fish Cage, La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Qld.

23 species sighted at Fish Cage, La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Qld. 17-09-2020.

A single shore entry dive Gary and Sheryl of 200 minutes. Maximum depth 6.0 m, 21 C water temperature, 8+ m viz. 

Before Sheryl goes back to sailing we thought a mother dive was in order. The river had cleaned up quite nicely with over 8 m viz. A little current but doable. Not a lot of species but some interesting ones non the less. Another Niparaya different from the rest! Plus a green one below it another new one!

Species and number thereof sighted
* Species with highest specimen count

Atys semistriatus shell -1
Cratena lineata -2
Elysia sp. 5 -1
Eubranchus sp. 3 -1
Flabellina lotos -9
Goniobranchus daphne -1
Goniodoridella savignyi -9
* Goniodoridella sp. 1 -44
Hypselodoris obscura -3
Hypselodoris roo -1
Liloa brevis shell -1
Niparaya sp. 19 -1 NEW SPECIES
Niparaya sp. 20 -1 NEW SPECIES
Philinopsis speciosa -1
Pleurobranchus peronii -1
Polycera sp. 1 -1
Retusa amphizosta shell -3
Rostanga sp. 1 egg mass -many babies!
Tenellia sibogae -2
Thuridilla carlsoni -1
Unidentia sp. 1 -14
Unidentia sp. 2 -9
Unidentia sp. 3 -8

Early entry

Ready to go

Searching

Substrate

Goniodoridella sp. 1

Flabellina lotos

Retusa amphizosta

Worm

Substrate

Rostanga sp. 1

Unidentia sp. 2

Eubranchus sp. 3

Niparaya sp. 19 and Niparaya sp. 20 both NEW SPECIES

Niparaya sp. 19 and Niparaya sp. 20 both NEW SPECIES

Niparaya sp. 19 and Niparaya sp. 20 both NEW SPECIES

Niparaya sp. 19 and Niparaya sp. 20 both NEW SPECIES

Pleurobranchus peronii juvenile

Pleurobranchus peronii juvenile

Blue Ringed Octopus

Hypselodoris obscura 

Retusa amphizosta

Goniodoridella sp. 1

Goniobranchus daphne 

Unidentia sp. 3 

Liloa brevis

Cratena lineata 

Goniodoridella savignyi 

Substrate

Unidentia sp. 3

Unidentia sp. 1

Goniodoridella savignyi 

Elysia sp. 5

Cratena lineata

Goniodoridella savignyi x2

Thuridilla carlsoni 

Atys semistriatus

Flatworm

Goniodoridella sp. 1 x2

Philinopsis speciosa

Fish Cage

Tenellia sibogae

Hypselodoris roo

Unidentia sp. 1