I recently shared how I discovered a colony of Botrylloides Diegensis at Eastern Beach. I was contacted the next day asking if a local field nats group could use my photo as part of a future guide.
I instantly agreed, but part of me was reluctant because the photo was so blurry. I figured out what was causing the issues with focus and decided to return to St Helens with the goals of getting better photos.
My trip was a success. I was able to get photos showing different colours and it growing on different substrates. I’m impressed with the quality of the photos, especially as I was dangling my arm over the edge of the pontoon and hoping to get the image in focus. It allows me o see more of the key features, which will make it a lot easier to learn what they actually are.
I’m now uploading all images to iNaturalist to help me keep track of my observations.
Below shows a possible transparent Botrylloides violaceus underneath the other ascidian colony. The other species likely belongs to the genus Distaplia.