Saturday, August 19, 2017

Species List: 17-08-2017, La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Qld.

12 species sighted at La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Qld 17-08-2017.

A single shore entry dive by Terry and Julie of 107 minutes. Maximum depth 6.1m, 21 C water temperature and up to 8m viz.

With offshore conditions not suitable for boating, we opted for a quick afternoon dip in the river while visibility is still good. The current was very light which made for easy photography. Diversity seems to be on the improve, with food sources also becoming more prevalent. Of interesting note is that a juvenile Hypselodoris zephrya  was found by David and Gary on the 8th (the first time found in the river) and we found an adult specimen on this dive. 

Number of species sighted
*Species with highest specimen count

Bulbaeolidia alba - 1
Cratena lineata - 4
Cratena simba - 2
* Flabellina rubrolineata - 19
Goniobranchus daphne - 4
Goniodoridella savignyi - 2
Goniodoridella sp. 1 - 7
Hypselodoris kanga - 1
Hypselodoris obscura - 5
Hypselodoris zephyra - 1
Tenellia sibogae - 3
Tenellia sp. 24 - 1

 Cratena lineata

 Hypselodoris obscura

 Goniodoridella sp.1

 Bulbaeolidia alba

 Hypselodoris kanga

 Flabellina rubrolineata

 Tenellia sibogae

 Cratena simba

 Hypselodoris zephyra

 Tenellia sp. 24

 Goniobranchus daphne

 Sunset on the river

Goniodoridella savignyi