Friday, August 31, 2018

Species List: 31-08-2018, Rotunda, La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Qld.

14 species sighted at, Rotunda, La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Qld, 31-08-2018.

A single shore entry dive by Gary, Chris and Jens of 122 minutes. Maximum depth 5.1 m, 20 C water temperature and around 10 m viz very clean water!

The river continues to impress yet again with very clear water. The usual suspects and then there was Okenia liklik a great find. This being the last day of winter showed us that this winter was quite warm compared to warming?

Species and number thereof sighted
* Species with highest specimen count

Bulbaeolidia alba -2
Cratena lineata -3
Flabellina rubrolineata -12
Goniobranchus daphne -11
Goniobranchus geometricus -2
Goniodoridella savignyi -7
Goniodoridella sp. 1 -17
Goniodoridella sp. 6 -1
Hypselodoris kanga -1
Hypselodoris obscura -4
Okenia liklik -1
Pteraeolidia semperi -2
Tenellia sp. 23 -1
Tubulophilinopsis gardineri juvenile -1

Entry and surface comditions

Jens warming up


Hypselodoris obscura

Okenia liklik

Okenia liklik

Okenia liklik

Okenia liklik

Tenellia sp. 23

Goniodoridella savignyi

Flabellina rubrolineata

Tubulophilinopsis gardineri juvenile 

Tubulophilinopsis gardineri juvenile 

Goniodoridella sp. 1

Goniobranchus daphne

Cratena lineata

Cratena lineata

Goniodoridella sp. 1

Hypselodoris kanga

Hypselodoris kanga

Hypselodoris obscura pair

Flabellina rubrolineata

The channel marker

Goniobranchus geometricus

Goniodoridella sp. 6

Goniodoridella sp. 6

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Species List: 29-08-2018, NE Reef, Old Woman Island, Mudjimba, Sunshine Coast, Qld

41 species sighted at NE Reef, Old Woman Island, Mudjimba, Sunshine Coast, Qld, 29-08-2018.

Julie, David, Terry and Gary on this excursion consisting of 1 x 80 minute and 1 x 76 minute dives in water depths up to 16.6 m, up to 10 m viz, 20 C water temp and a little surge.

The winds had a little to say in regards to our choice of dive site. Old Woman Island on the NE side did not fail us! Upon dropping to the bottom a bridge of rock was presented, a nice feature. Of mention were Elysia sp. 14, Goniobranchus coi, Thorunna florens and a colony of Okenia hallucigenia.

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

Aplysia parvula 1/-
Ardeadoris rubroannulata 1/-
Bornella anguilla -/2
Chromodoris elisabethina -/1
Chromodoris kuiteri -/1
Cratena lineata 1/-
Dermatobranchus fasciatus -/1
Dermatobranchus sp. 7 1/1
Doriprismatica atromarginata 1/3
Elysia sp. 14 -/1
Flabellina exoptata 2/-
Flabellina rubrolineata 2/-
Glossodoris rufomarginata 1/2
Glossodoris vespa -/1
Goniobranchus coi 1/-
Goniobranchus sp. 1 -/1
* Goniobranchus splendidus 6/10
Hypselodoris jacksoni 6/2
Hypselodoris obscura 5/2
Hypselodoris sagamiensis 1/-
Hypselodoris whitei -/1
Jorunna parva -/1
Jorunna ramicola 1/-
Jorunna sp. 2 1/-
Mariaglaja inornata 1/4
Okenia hallucigenia 10/-
Phyllidia coelestis 1/-
Phyllidia elegans -/1
Phyllidia ocellata -/1
Phyllidiella lizae 2/1
Phyllidiella pustulosa -/3
Phyllodesmium macphersonae 1/-
Pleurobranchus peronii 1/-
Pteraeolidia semperi -/1
Sagaminopteron ornatum -/4
Thorunna florens -/1
Thuridilla splendens 8/2
Tornatina sp. 1 shell -/1
Tritoniopsis elegans -/2
Verconia simplex 1/-
Verconia romeri -/1

Our ride awaits

Surface conditions

The Bridge



Cratena lineata

Flabellina rubrolineata

Goniobranchus coi

 Glossodoris rufomarginata 

A pair of Hypselodoris jacksoni

 Mariaglaja inornata

 Okenia hallucigenia

Goniobranchus coi

Thorunna florens

Tornatina sp. 1 shell

Goniobranchus splendidus

Doriprismatica atromarginata

Bornella anguilla

Phyllidiella pustulosa

Pteraeolidia semperi

A pair of Hypselodoris obscura

Tritoniopsis elegans

Verconia romeri

Dermatobranchus sp. 7

Phyllidia coelestis

Thuridilla splendens

Aplysia parvula

Ardeadoris rubroannulata

Goniobranchus coi mantle flapping

Elysia sp. 14

Jorunna parva

Jorunna ramicola

Jorunna sp. 2

Verconia simplex

Phyllodesmium macphersonae

Flabellina exoptata

Hypselodoris sagamiensis

Chromodoris kuiteri