14 species found during a single shore dive from King's Beach Boat Ramp, Caloundra, Sunshine Coast.
Terry, Julie and David on this excursion of one 136 minute dive to the SE in water depths to 7m. 2m viz, 26C water temp and some surge.
Again we were greeted by copious amounts of disassociated floating Asparagopsis weed that fortunately thinned out the further we progressed and tended to settle as the tide changed. There is no doubt the species count and the quality of the photography were affected by the surge.
- Number of species sighted: 1st dive/ 2nd dive
* Species with highest specimen count
Chromodoris splendida 2
* Doriprismatica atromarginata 9
Gymnodoris alba 1
Hypselodoris jacksoni 2
Hypselodoris maritima 2
Hypselodoris obscura 1
Mexichromis festiva 4
Mexichromis trilineata 1
Phyllodesmium crypticum 1
Pteraeolidia ianthina 2
Sagaminopteron ornatum 2
Stiliger aureomarginatus 6
Tritoniopsis alba 5
Umbraculum umbraculum 1
Surface conditions & antics
The view below
The substrate comes into view
as the weed settles out.
Tritoniopsis alba - hiding
Mexichromis festiva - amongst the algae
Stiliger aureomarginatus on Codium.
Stiliger aureomarginatus - a pair
Umbraculum umbraculum - very cryptic