Dive Report

19-03-2021 Clown Reef

Mar 19, 2021

DAY/DATE

Friday

19/03/2021

SITE/S

Clown Reef

Gneering Shoals

PARTICIPANTS

Terry, David

 

TYPE

Subtidal

 

MODE

Boat Dives

 

VESSEL

Rebel II

 

DIVE

1

2

SITE/S

Clown Reef

Clown Reef

SPECIES #

11

9

DURATION

62 Min

68 Min

DEPTH/RANGE

16-20 m

16-20 m

TEMP.

26 C

26 C

VIS.

10 m

10 m

SURGE

Mod

Mod

CURRENT

Nil

Nil

COMMENTS & OBSERVATIONS

Rebel II left the Mooloolah River and headed offshore to the Gneering Shoals into a reasonable sized swell and with expectations of good visibility out there. The further out we went the more the wind strength increased. Fortunately the anchor held okay and we descended into good visibility. Sea slug finds were few and far between. The shorter dives and moderate surge (in sets) may have had some bearing on that result. As the day progressed though, the wind eased as expected. The large number of Chromodoris elisabethina sighted was unusual (highest count for the day). There were finds worth noting however including Hypselodoris sp. 06, Halgerda aurantiomaculata, Phyllidiopsis cardinalis, Diversidoris sp. 01 (only found in a post dive review of the images), Verconia romeri (a juvenile at 3 mm) and a dark form of Goniobranchus geometricus.

TOTAL SPECIES SIGHTED: 15

 

SPECIES LIST – ALPHABETICAL

Chromodoris elisabethina 9/4
Chromodoris kuiteri 2/2
Diversidoris sp. 01 1/-
Doriprismatica atromarginata 1/2
Goniobranchus geometricus -/1
Halgerda aurantiomaculata 1/-
Hypselodoris sp. 06 -/1
Phyllidia exquisita 1/-
Phyllidia picta -/2
Phyllidia varicosa 1/1
Phyllidiella lizae 1/-
Phyllidiella pustulosa 7/5
Phyllidiopsis cardinalis 1/-
Pleurolidia juliae 1/-
Verconia romeri -/1

SPECIES GROUPED BY ORDER

Nudibranchia
Chromodoris elisabethina 9/4
Chromodoris kuiteri 2/2
Diversidoris sp. 01 1/-
Doriprismatica atromarginata 1/2
Goniobranchus geometricus -/1
Halgerda aurantiomaculata 1/-
Hypselodoris sp. 06 -/1
Phyllidia exquisita 1/-
Phyllidia picta -/2
Phyllidia varicosa 1/1
Phyllidiella lizae 1/-
Phyllidiella pustulosa 7/5
Phyllidiopsis cardinalis 1/-
Pleurolidia juliae 1/-
Verconia romeri -/1

Cephalaspidea

Sacoglossa

Umbraculoidea

Pleurobranchoidea

Anaspidea

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