Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Species List: Terry's Delight, Arkwright Shoals, off Point Arkwright, Sunshine Coast, 19-04-2015

23 species sighted at Terry's Delight, Arkwright Shoals, off Point Arkwright, Sunshine Coast.

Julie, Terry and David on this excursion consisting of 1 x 84 minute and 1 x 81 minute dives in water depths of 14m to 17m. 8m viz, 24C water temp and a little surge.

Sloppy seas greeted us on our trip up the coast to the Arkwright Shoals but by the time we surfaced from the first dive it had flattened out and stayed that way apart from some easterly swell. The viz did not look too good but opened up a little once we arrived at the substrate. Sea slugs are still not in abundance. The find of the day was the Trinchesia sp. 18 that has only been sighted twice previously - once on this site in 2013 and again at Clown Reef on the Gneering Shoals in 2014.

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

Aegires citrinus 1/-
Aegires flores -/2
Ardeadoris aff. averni 1/1
Chromodoris elisabethina 1/-
Cratena simba 1/-
Doriprismatica atromarginata 3/4
Flabellina sp. 1 1/-
Glossodoris vespa 2/-
* Goniobranchus splendidus 5/3
Goniodoridella savignyi 2/-
Hypselodoris jacksoni -/1
Hypselodoris obscura 1/-
Phyllidia elegans -/1
Phyllidiella lizae 1/2
Phyllidiella pustulosa 2/3
Pteraeolidia ianthina -/1
Thuridilla splendens 3/-
Trapania vitta -/2
Trinchesia ornata 2/-
Trinchesia sibogae 2/1
Trinchesia sp. 18 1/-
Tritoniopsis alba 4/3
Tylodina corticalis 1/-

A clearing sky and smooth waters

Aegires citrinus

Trinchesia sp. 18

Trinchesia sibogae

Tritoniopsis alba

Pteraeolidia ianthina


Surface conditions just got better & better

Chromodoris elisabethina

Flabellina sp. 1

Trinchesia ornata

Goniodoridella savignyi

Thuridilla splendens

Cratena simba

Phyllidia elegans