Sunday, October 31, 2010

Species List Proc Roc and Nudi Retreat Currimundi 31-10-2010

30 Species found, 5-10/3-8m viz, smooth surface conditions, a little surge. 1st dive/2nd dive
*most species found this outing

Aeolidiella alba 1/2
Aplysia parvula /1 (top photo)
Baeolidia sp. 1 /1
Bornella anguilla 3
Cadlinella ornatissma /1 (2nd photo)
Chromodoris daphne /5 (4th photo)
Chromodoris elisabethina /1
Chromodoris kuiteri /1
Chromodoris splendida 7/1 (6th photo)
Dermatobranchus ornatus /3
Dermatobranchus sp. 2 /2
Glossodoris aff. averni /2
*Glossodoris atromarginata 12/6
Glossodoris rubroannulata /1
Glossodoris vespa /2
Hypselodoris bullockii /1
Hypselodoris jacksoni 1
Hypselodoris obscura 5/1
Pectenodoris trilineata 2
Phyllidia ocellata /3
Phyllidiella lizae 1/2
Phyllidiella pustulosa /1
Phyllodesmium sp. 2 /1
Protaeolidiella juliae 3 (5th photo)
Roboastra luteolineata /2
Sagaminopteron ornatum /4
Pteraeolidia ianthina /2
Stiliger aureomarginatus 2 (7th and 8th photos)
Thuridilla carlsoni /3 (3rd photo)
Tritoniopsis alba /3

Monday, October 25, 2010

DANGER lurks!

Here is a small boat that decided to blast it's way though the Inner Gneerings that have over 20 dive sites!! The average depth is 15m. The fisherman's boat in the right side of the photo had to move!
Be careful out there, some people can't read charts or don't give a damn.

Species List 25-10-10 Shellacey Reef

31 Species found. 15m viz, smooth surface conditions, Mutton birds to play with and they would sit on your hand and dive down to you! 1st dive/2nd dive
*most species found this outing.

Aegires flores /1
Aegires gardineri /1 (7th photo)
Berthella martensi 1
Ceratosoma sinuatum 1
Chelidonura inornata 1/2
Chromodoris elisabethina 1/2
Chromodoris sp. 1 /1 (6th photo)
Chromodoris splendida 1/2
Cratena simba 1 (top photo)
Dermatobranchus sp. 2 /1
Doto sp. 1 /2
Glossodoris aff. averni 2
Glossodoris atromarginata /2
Glossodoris rubroannulata 1
Halgerda tesselata 1
*Hypselodoris jacksoni 4/2
Hypselodoris obscura 1/3
Hypselodoris whitei 3
Jorunna sp. 3 1
Micromelo undata 1 (2nd photo)
Noumea laboutei /1 (4th photo)
Phyllidiella lizae 1/1
Phyllidiella pustulosa 1
Phyllidiopsis burni 1
Phyllodesmium magnum /1
Risbecia tryoni /1 (8th photo)
Roboastra luteolineata /1
Sagaminopteron psychedelicum /2 (5th photo)
Thuridilla carlsoni 2
*Thuridilla splendens 4/2
Trinchesia ornata 1/3

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Species list 23/10/10 Currimundi Reef – C Spot & Ridges

22 Species found. 5 m vis. Light winds, no surge – still a lot of fresh in the water. 1st dive/2nd dive

Ceratosoma tenue1/
Chromodoris daphne /1 (1st photo)
Chromodoris kuiteri /1
Chromodoris splendida 1/
Dermatobranchus primus 1/1
Dermatobranchus sp.2 1/
Glossodoris aff. averni 1/ (4th photo)
Glossodoris atromarginata 1/1
Glossodoris rubroannulata 3/ (5th photo)
Glossodoris vespa 2/
Hypselodoris jacksoni /3
Hypselodoris kanga /1
Hypselodoris obscura /3
Hypselodoris sp.2 /1
Hypselodoris whitei /3 (2nd photo)
Jorunna cf. parva /1
Phyllidia ocellata 1/
Phyllidiella lizae 1/
Phyllidiella pustulosa 1/2
Roboastra luteolineata /2
Sagaminopteron ornatum 1/1 (3rd photo)
Tritoniopsis alba 1/

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Species List 23-10-10 Wobby Rock and Coles Hole

25 Species found. 8m viz, light winds small amount of surge. 1st dive/2nd dive

*most species found this outing.

Aegires citrinus 1

Berthella martensi 1
This one was classic white with black spots, no dark colouration on the margins or oral veil, no line on the top of the foot.

Berthella martensi /1 (5th photo)
This is a B. martensi with white pustules, dark brown mantle and foot margins, dark line down the centre of the top of the foot, dark brown edge on oral veil. Found under an old, large coral head.

Berthellina citrina 1 

Chromodoris elisabethina 1

Chromodoris kuiteri /1

Chromodoris splendida 2/3 (7th photo)
Large without red spots, found under an old coral head.

Dermatobranchus cf. primus /1

Dermatobranchus sp. 2 1

Favorinus sp. 2 /1
 (4th photo)
Glossodoris atromarginata 3/2

Glossodoris averni 1 (6th photo)

Glossodoris hikuerensis /1 (1st photo)

Glossodoris vespa /1

Hexabranchus sanguineus 1

Hypselodoris jacksoni 2

Hypselodoris maculosa 2 (8th photo)

*Hypselodoris obscura 6/2
Hypselodoris zephyra /1
Jorunna sp. 3 2 

Noumea simplex /1 
 (2nd photo)
Phyllidiella lizae 1/1

Phyllidiella pustulosa 4/2

Thuridilla carlsoni 1

Thuridilla splendens 1

2 new species of flatworm! (3rd photo)

Upon surfacing after the second dive we spotted a small Carcharhinus limbatus (blacktip shark) rolling along the surface!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Species List 18-10-2010 Shellacey Reef

27 Species found Shellacey Reef, glassy surface conitions, 6-8m viz with little surge. Number of each species found, dive 1/dive 2.
*most species found this outing.

Well after many days of no diving we finally got out. Found Halgerda albocristata for only the second time!! Found out today that Doto sp. 1 actually lays it's egg mass straight out, not round the food source stalk.

Berthella martensi 1 (8th photo)
Bornella anguilla 1
Cadlinella ornatissma 1 (7th photo)
Chelidonura inornata /1
Chromodoris elisabethina 1/3
Chromodoris splendida 3
Chromodoris striatella /2
Doto sp. 1 6 (1st and 2nd photo)
Glossodoris aff. averni 1/2
Glossodoris atromarginata /3
Glossodoris vespa /1
Halgerda albocristata /1 (4th and 5th photo)
Hexabranchus sanguineus 1
Hypselodoris jacksoni 6/1
Hypselodoris maculosa 1
*Hypselodoris obscura 2/7
Hypselodoris whitei /1
Jorunna sp. 3 /1 (3rd photo)
Noumea simplex 1
Pectenodoris trilineata 2
Phyllidia ocellata 1/1
Phyllidiella lizae 2
Phyllidiella pustulosa 1
Tambja tenuilineata 1/1
Thuridilla carlsoni /2
Thuridilla splendens /3
Trinchesia ornata /1

The Captain thinking about the next dive! (6th photo)

Friday, October 8, 2010

Species List 07-10-2010 Fairyland

20 Species found, glassy surface conditions on a 1.5m swell and surge, vis 10m.

Aegires citrinus
Aegires villosus
Bornella anguilla
Chelidonura inornata
Chromodoris elisabethina
Chromodoris kuiteri
Chromodoris splendida
Dermatobranchus cf. primus
Flabellina rubrolineata
Glossodoris atromarginata
Glossodoris rubroannulata (top photo)
Hypselodoris babai (7th photo 2mm juvenile)
Hypselodoris maritima (5th photo)
Phyllidia varicosa (6th photo)
Phyllidiella lizae
Phyllidiella pustulosa
Roboastra luteolineata
Tambja victoriae (2nd photo juvenile 3mm)
Thuridilla splendens
Tornatina sp. 1 (4th photo)

Flatworm Pseudoceros scintillatus (3rd photo)