Monday, November 20, 2017

Species List: 20-11-2017, La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Qld.

16 species sighted at La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Qld, 20-11-2017.

A single solo shore entry dive by Gary of 130 minutes. Maximum depth 6.4 m, 24 C water temperature and 4 m viz or less.

Another overcast day and the river looked inviting. Two specials finds awaited me. Thuridilla vatae which is a new record for the river. Our 724th species Costasiella sp. 2 was a nice find. Going low and slow has its benefits!

Number of species sighted
* Species with highest specimen count

Bulbaeolidia alba -1
Costasiella sp. 2 -1 NEW SPECIES
Cratena lineata -2
Eubranchus sp. 10 -3
Flabellina rubrolineata -7
Goniobranchus aureopurpureus -1
Goniobranchus daphne -7
Goniodoridella savignyi -8
Goniodoridella sp. 1 -22
Goniodoridella sp. 6 -3
Gymnodoris sp. 10 -2
Hypselodoris obscura -5
Spinophallus falciphallus -1
Tenellia sibogae -2
Tenellia sp. 23 -7
Thuridilla vatae -1 NEW RECORD FOR THE RIVER



River entry

Costasiella sp. 2 and Goniodoridella sp. 1

Costasiella sp. 2

Costasiella sp. 2

Costasiella sp. 2

Goniodoridella sp. 6

Tenellia sibogae

Flabellina rubrolineata

Substrate

Goniodoridella savignyi

Goniodoridella savignyi mating

Goniodoridella savignyi

Goniobranchus aureopurpureus 

Eubranchus sp. 10

Substrate

Thuridilla vatae

Thuridilla vatae

Flabellina rubrolineata

Goniodoridella sp. 1

Flabellina rubrolineata

Goniobranchus daphne mating

Tenellia sp. 23

Substrate

Hypselodoris obscura 

Cratena lineata

Hypselodoris obscura 

Goniodoridella sp. 6

Goniodoridella sp. 1

Spinophallus falciphallus

Gymnodoris sp. 10

Gymnodoris sp. 10

Tenellia sp. 23

Bulbaeolidia alba

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Species List: 18-11-2017, La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Qld.

15 species sighted at La Balsa Park, Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Qld, 18-11-2017.

A single shore entry dive by Gary and Gail of 151 minutes. Maximum depth 6.2m, 24 C water temperature and 10 m viz or less.

An overcast and light showers kind of day greeted us upon arrival. The previous weekend's dive was very challenging with very low viz if that. Today was a pleasent surprise with very clean water! The highlight was finding our newest species Phyllodesmium undulatum, and 2 animals to boot on the gorgonian food source. Other rare finds were finding Okenia liklik and Trapania miltabrancha. It was a great outing.

Number of species sighted
* Species with highest specimen count

Cratena lineata -3
Elysia thompsoni -1
* Flabellina rubrolineata -13
* Goniobranchus daphne -13
Goniodoridella savignyi -2
Goniodoridella sp. 1 -12
Gymnodoris sp. 10 -1
Gymnodoris sp. 17 -1
Hypselodoris obscura -6
Okenia liklik -1
Phyllodesmium undulatum -2  New Species
Tenellia sibogae -2
Tenellia sp. 23 -11
Trapania miltabrancha -1
Trapania sp. 6 -1

Entry point

Substrate

Goniodoridella savignyi

Phyllodesmium undulatum - New Species

Phyllodesmium undulatum

Goniodoridella sp. 1

Goniodoridella sp. 1

Goniobranchus daphne

Flabellina rubrolineata

Trapania miltabrancha

Trapania miltabrancha

Gail

Fish Cage

Tenellia sibogae

Cratena lineata

Tenellia sibogae

Trapania sp. 6

Trapania sp. 6

Flabellina rubrolineata

Substrate

The surface from the bottom

Goniobranchus daphne

Hypselodoris obscura

Gymnodoris sp. 10

Hypselodoris obscura

Tenellia sp. 23

Elysia thompsoni crawling over Tenellia sp. 23

Elysia thompsoni

Elysia thompsoni

Gail searching

Goniobranchus daphne

Tenellia sp. 23 

Gymnodoris sp. 17

Phyllodesmium undulatum 2nd animal

Phyllodesmium undulatum

Okenia liklik

Okenia liklik

Hypselodoris obscura 

Entry