Sunday, April 14, 2024

Species List: 14-04-2024, Sunreef Nudibranch Day, Trench north wall, Gneering Shoals, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia.

 14 species sighted at Sunreef Nudibranch Day, Trench north wall, Gneering Shoals, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia. 14-04-2024.

A double dive boat entry outing with Gary, mum and daughter (chartered with private guild) of two 50 minute dives, maximum depth 18.5 m, 25 C water temperature, up to 6 m viz.

After a little time of inclement weather our Nudibranch Day finally got out. A 1 m swell turned out to be smaller than expected and little wind and no surface current. This trip was going to be called off because there were only two people on the load. The mother decided that was enough and chartered the boat with me as a private guild...magic does happen. Some very slow searching yielded some special finds, namely what appears to be 4 New Species.

Species and numbers recorded:

Bulbaeolidia alba -2
Chromodoris elisabethina -4
Cratena lineata -1
Doriprismatica atromarginata -2
Eubranchus sp. 25 -1 NEW SPECIES
Favorinus sp. 8 -1 NEW SPECIES
Hypselodoris jacksoni -1
Hypselodoris obscura -1
Phyllidia exquisita? -1
Phyllidia sp. 2 -1 NEW SPECIES
Phyllidiella annulata -1
Phyllidiella pustulosa -2
Phyllodesmium sp. 9 -1 NEW SPECIES
Tenellia sp. 33 -1

Our ride

Substrate

Substrate

Phyllidiella annulata

Phyllidia exquisita?

Bulbaeolidia alba

Phyllidiella pustulosa

Phyllidia sp. 2  NEW SPECIES

Doriprismatica atromarginata

Hypselodoris jacksoni

Hypselodoris obscur

Tenellia sp. 33

Bulbaeolidia alba

Substrate

Eubranchus sp. 25  NEW SPECIES

Eubranchus sp. 25  NEW SPECIES

Phyllodesmium sp. 9  NEW SPECIES

Chromodoris elisabethina

Getting ready

Cratena lineata 

Favorinus sp. 8  NEW SPECIES

Favorinus sp. 8  NEW SPECIES

Phyllidiella pustulos


Saturday, April 13, 2024

Species List: 12-04-2024, Point Cartwright intertidal, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia.

5 species sighted at Point Cartwright intertidal, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia. 12-04-2024.

An intertidal search with Gary, Lilah and Jackson of 2 hours, maximum depth 100 mm, 26 C water temperature.

Lilah and Jackson were in town for a couple of days and wanted to see what all the fuss was so after diving we went low tide searching did we find some nice critters! They were happy!

Species and numbers recorded:

Aplysia argus -3
Dendrodoris fumata -1
Elysia coodgeensis -3
Haloa cobbi -5
Sebadoris fragilis -1

In a happy place

Elysia coodgeensis

Haloa cobbi 

Elysia coodgeensis

Aplysia argus

Shoot!

Aplysia argus

Aplysia argus

Aplysia argus

Sebadoris fragilis

Got it!

Sebadoris fragilis

Sebadoris fragilis

Aplysia argus


Species List: 12-04-2024, Fish Cage and back, Mooloolah River, La Balsa Park, Buddina, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia.

 13 species sighted at Fish Cage and back, Mooloolah River, La Balsa Park, Buddina, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia. 12-04-2024.

A single shore entry dive with Gary, Lilah and Jackson of 89 minutes, 1.4 m, maximum depth 5.9 m, 25 C water temperature, 2-3 m viz.

Lilah and Jackson were in town for a couple of days and wanted to see what all the fuss was about in the river. So off we went. The usual suspects and they were happy!

Species and numbers recorded:

Cratena lineata -30+
Flabellina lotos -5
Flabellina pseudolotos -1
Goniobranchus daphne -1
Liloa brevis shell -1
Murphydoris cobbi -50+
Tenellia sibogae (yellow) -3
Tenellia sp. 70 -3
Unidentia sp. 1 -7
Unidentia sp. 4 -1
Unidentia sp. 5 -5
Unidentia sp. 6 -1
Unidentia sp. 14 -2

Beautiful entry

Clarity

Lets go!

Surface

Lookin good!

Murphydoris cobbi

Howdy

Liloa brevis

Unidentia sp. 1



Unidentia sp. 5

Unidentia sp. 1

Unidentia sp. 1

Unidentia sp. 5

Flabellina pseudolotos 

Cratena lineata

Unidentia sp. 3

Murphydoris cobbi

Shoot

Murphydoris cobbi

 -5


Tenellia sibogae

Unidentia sp. 14 x2

Flabellina lotos

Flabellina lotos

Murphydoris cobbi party

Cratena lineata party

Check!

Smile

The Lion

Tenellia sp. 70 mating pair

Tenellia sibogae

Tenellia sibogae



Gothum City

Goniobranchus daphne juvenile

Flabellina lotos

Unidentia sp. 14

Happy ending