Thursday, August 5, 2021

Species List: 04-08-2021, Fish Cage, La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Sunshine Coast, Qld.

16 species sighted at Fish Cage, La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River,  Sunshine Coast, Qld. 04-08-2021.

A single solo shore entry dive with Gary of 121 minutes. Maximum depth 5.6 m, 19 C water temperature, up to 10 m viz.

After a few days of lockdown thinking the 10 km exercise limit was not enough to get to the river, Tracey enlightened me with it's not the driving distance it's the radius, wahoo so here I am. When I got to the river my 15L was none and the 12L in the car had 160 bar. So off I went waiting to how the new Ricoh WG-6 will work.

A big westerly growing by the minute was a bit cool. The water clarity is still good, but there is some fluff in the water column. The highlight for me was in the beginning of the dive I spotted an unusual Myja. No colour accept white and a a little red on the head. But wait there's more...it has a branched digestive organ unlike any seen before.

Species and number thereof sighted
* Species with highest specimen count

* Cratena lineata -21
Cratena pawarshindeorum -1
Elysia sp. 17 -1
Eubranchus sp. 3 -1
Flabellina lotos -12
Goniobranchus daphne -1
Goniodoridella savignyi -13
Goniodoridella sp. 1 -15
Hypselodoris obscura -2
Liloa brevis shell -1
Limacia ornata -2
Lophodoris sp. 1 -1
Myja sp. 3 -2 NEW SPECIES (Confirmed by Bob Burn)
Polycera sp. 9 -1
Retusa amphizosta shell -1
Tenellia sp. 66 -2

Sunny entry

Surface

Elysia sp. 17

Myja sp. 3  NEW SPECIES

Myja sp. 3  NEW SPECIES

Myja sp. 3  NEW SPECIES

Myja sp. 3  NEW SPECIES

Goniodoridella sp. 1

Tenellia sp. 66

Goniodoridella sp. 1

Cratena lineata

Polycera sp. 9

Polycera sp. 9

Hypselodoris obscura

Cratena pawarshindeorum 

Flabellina lotos

Eubranchus sp. 3

Flabellina lotos x2

Goniobranchus daphne

Limacia ornata

Limacia ornata

Myja sp. 3  NEW SPECIES

Myja sp. 3  NEW SPECIES

Myja sp. 3  NEW SPECIES

Myja sp. 3  NEW SPECIES

Myja sp. 3  NEW SPECIES

Myja sp. 3  NEW SPECIES

Myja sp. 3  NEW SPECIES

A friend

Fish Cage

Substrate

Substrate

Goniodoridella sp. 1

Elysia sp. 17

Myja sp. 3  NEW SPECIES

Myja sp. 3  NEW SPECIES

Myja sp. 3  NEW SPECIES

Myja sp. 3  NEW SPECIES

Myja sp. 3  NEW SPECIES food source

Substrate

Tenellia sp. 66

Tenellia sp. 66

Cratena lineata

Polycera sp. 9

Substrate

Cratena pawarshindeorum

Flabellina lotos

Flabellina lotos

Eubranchus sp. 3

Goniobranchus daphne

Limacia ornata

Limacia ornata x2

Goniodoridella savignyi 

Goniodoridella savignyi 

Flabellina lotos

Lophodoris sp. 1

Retusa amphizosta

Aftermath

Myja sp. 3  NEW SPECIES

Myja sp. 3  NEW SPECIES