Friday, October 2, 2015

Species List: Kings Beach, Caloundra, Sunshine Coast, Queensland 1-10-2015

7 species sighted at Kings Beach, Caloundra, Sunshine Coast, Queensland.

Julie and Terry on this single shore entry dive of 106 minutes. Maximum depth 7 m, 20 C water temperature and 1 m viz.

Finally we had some northerly winds which are required to dive this site so we decided to check it out for the first time since December last year.  The limited visibility caused by fresh water runoff from a couple of recent afternoon storms and the surge made finding critters difficult.  To counter this we went a little deeper than usual and found most of the ones listed here just before it was time to turn around.  It is nice to see this area regenerating following the floods in 2011 which wiped out most of the substrate growth.

Number of species sighted
* Species with highest specimen count

*Ardeadoris aff. averni 6
Dendrodoris denisoni 1
Doriprismatica atromarginata 3
*Goniobranchus splendidus 6
Hypselodoris obscura 1
Sagaminopteron ornatum 1
Tritoniopsis alba 1


 It was difficult to keep
in touch with you buddy
in the gloom

Sagaminopteron ornatum
 Ardeadoris aff. averni

 Tritoniopsis alba

 Hypselodoris obscura

Doriprismatica atromarginata