Friday, January 18, 2019

Species List: 17-01-2019, Fish Cage, Mooloolah River, La Balsa Park, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Qld.

15 species sighted at Fish Cage, Mooloolah River, La Balsa Park, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Qld, 17-01-2019.

A single shore dive by Gary, Gail, Adele and Amanda on this excursion consisting of 1 x 138 minute dive in water depth up to 5.7 m, 1-2 m viz, 28 C water temp.

Another fine summer day to dive the river. The water temp was a warm 28 C and the because the tidal flow was so low the viz had dropped off. There was enough viz to find our friends. Hidden in the base of the hydroid bushes were quite a few Doto sp. with egg masses. As the dive was progressing I kept feeling a tug on the reel and float. After a while I ascended only to find a guy trying to take his fishing hook out of the line. He had no idea what the dive flag meant and no idea there were people in the water. Grrrr.

Species and number thereof sighted
* Species with highest specimen count

Atys semistriatus shell -3
Bulbaeolidia alba -1
* Cratena lineata -14
* Doto sp. 6 -14
Eubranchus sp. 10 -3
Facelina sp. 11 -2
* Flabellina rubrolineata -14
Goniobranchus daphne -2
Goniobranchus decorus -1
Goniobranchus geometricus -3
Goniodoridella savignyi -2
Goniodoridella sp. 1 -3
Hypselodoris obscura -8
Thuridilla carlsoni -2
Unidentia sp. 2 -2

Cratena lineata

Facelina sp. 11

Goniodoridella savignyi


Goniodoridella sp. 1

Thuridilla carlsoni

Flabellina rubrolineata

Goniobranchus decorus

Flabellina rubrolineata


Hypselodoris obscura

Doto sp. 6 four animals in this group

A large Hypselodoris obscura

Goniobranchus geometricus

Unidentia sp. 2

Goniobranchus daphne

Thuridilla carlsoni

Bulbaeolidia alba 

Atys semistriatus shell

Doto sp. 6

Doto sp. 6

Eubranchus sp. 10