Friday, May 30, 2014

Species List: La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Sunshine Coast, 30-05-2014

13 species sighted at La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Sunshine Coast.
Julie and David on this single shore entry 112 minute dive in depths to 6.7m. Astounding 10m viz and 23C water temp.

It was raining when we arrived at the entry point but made use of the river-side rotunda to kit up. We entered the water about an hour before the predicted high tide. The tidal current was able to be negotiated as it was a small high tide. The visibility was magnificent at 10m. Again we sighted no Unidentia angelvaldesi at this end of the park. A couple of new species were sighted to add to the list for the river but more importantly a new species was realized for the Sunshine Coast list - Phyllodesmium opalescens. In finding and photographing it today we revisited the pics of the Phyllodesmium poindimiei that we took on our first dive here on 08/03/2014 and realized we had unknowingly recorded it then but misidentified it. Altogether an enjoyable, relaxing and rewarding dive.

Analogium amakusanum 2
Goniobranchus collingwoodi 1
Goniobranchus daphne 7
Goniodoridella sp. 1 3
Hypselodoris obscura 1
Jorunna parva 1
Madrella ferruginosa 1
Noumea simplex 1
Philinopsis pilsbryi 1
Phyllodesmium opalescens 1 (New species)
Pleurobranchus weberi 2
* Pteraeolidia ianthina 44
Trinchesia sibogae 13

The entry point at La Balsa Park

Surface conditions

Analogium amakusanum

Hypselodoris obscura


Goniobranchus daphne

A damaged Madrella ferruginosa

Phyllodesmium opalescens (New species)

Goniodoridella sp. 1

Noumea simplex

Goniobranchus collingwoodi

Trinchesia sibogae

Substrate with diver

Jorunna parva

Pleurobranchus weberi

Pteraeolidia ianthina - wherever one 
looked on the substrate

Philinopsis pilsbryi