Thursday, January 3, 2019

Species List: 02-01-2019, La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Queensland.

14 species sighted at La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, 02-01-2019

Julie, Terry and David on this single shore entry dive of 133 minutes. Maximum depth 6.1 m, 27 C water temperature and up to 3 m viz.

Although there was significant boat traffic, good conditions were enjoyed in the river this, our first dive excursion of 2019. The water temperature continues to rise. We took the opportunity to photograph in situ one of the stranded Kalinga ornata specimens recovered from Dicky Beach the previous day. Concerning our finds in the river, Phyllodesmium poindimiei was a not-so-common sighting and Okenia liklik is still around providing as always, an excellent opportunity for a colourful portrait. The hydroid eaters are still dominating the population count. We surfaced just in time to capture the sunset.

Number of species sighted
* Species with highest specimen count

Cratena lineata -9
* Flabellina rubrolineata -24
Goniobranchus daphne -3
Goniobranchus decorus -1
Goniobranchus geometricus -1
Goniodoridella sp. 1 -8
Hypselodoris obscura -4
Okenia liklik -1
Phyllodesmium poindimiei -1
Pteraeolidia semperi -2
Tenellia sp. 29 -1
Thuridilla carlsoni -2
Unidentia sp. 1 -3
Unidentia sp. 5 -1

Entry point

Tenellia sp. 29

Cratena lineata

Pteraeolidia semperi

Goniobranchus daphne

Okenia liklik

Flabellina rubrolineata

Unidentia sp. 1

Hypselodoris obscura

Unidentia sp. 5

Goniobranchus geometricus 

Phyllodesmium poindimiei 

Goniodoridella sp. 1

Flabellina rubrolineata - a different presentation

Exit at sunset