Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Species List: Nudi Ledge & C2, Currimundi, Sunshine Coast, 21-01-2014

8 species found at Nudi Ledge & C2, Currimundi, Sunshine Coast.
Terry and David on this excursion comprising a 1st dive of 37 minutes at Nudi Ledge and a 2nd dive of 34 minutes at C2 (Currimundi wide). Water depths ranged from 14m to 21m.Viz: at 1 metre the white of a divers tank was just discernible. Water temp: 26C. Surge: Heavy.

With Terry at the helm the Caloundra Bar was judiciously negotiated and the trip to site was uneventful. Descending the anchor line we almost crashed face first into the substrate due to the extreme particle load in the water. The light was eerie and disorientation was a real threat so we stayed within arms length of the dive reel line except when the surge picked us up and tossed us to one side. We did rather well with the species count considering the extreme conditions. The second dive was undertaken further offshore (and deeper) looking for better conditions but alas it was not to be.

- Number of species sighted: 1st dive/ 2nd dive
* Species with highest specimen count

Chromodoris splendida 1/-
* Dermatobranchus ornatus 1/3
Dermatobranchus cf. primus -/1
* Doriprismatica atromarginata 4/-
Goniobranchus geometricus -/1
Hypselodoris jacksoni 2/-
Noumea alboannulata -/1
Sagaminopteron ornatum 2/-

The heavy particle load on the bottom

Hypselodoris jacksoni

Doriprismatica atromarginata

Dermatobranchus cf. primus

Noumea alboannulata

Sagaminopteron ornatum

Juvenile Hypselodoris jacksoni

Goniobranchus geometricus

Dermatobranchus ornatus

Surface conditions - the wind increases and the seas 
start to rise - a following sea on the trip home