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Spotted Sand Diver

Trichonotus setiger


Tan with numerous white spots, 10-11 brown body bars; dorsal fin translucent with white spots on rays; males have long front dorsal rays.


Among sandy bottoms, form loose aggregations just above sand, buries themselves in the sand when alarmed or threatened.


The Males keep a harem of Females and will 'fight' off other Males by displaying his pectoral fins and dorsal rays. They also do this displays to attract other Females as shown in Pic#1 and #2

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42 Comments (1–25)

AlbertKang 5 years ago

Thanks, @ChunXingWong, glad you enjoyed this Spotting.

ChunXingWong 5 years ago

This spotting is just too amazing! I cannot get used to it's beauty!

AlbertKang 6 years ago

Thanks, @Christos, manuelc1, @venusflytrap2000 and @Bhagya :)

Thanks, @Arya, I dive in many places around the world :), you are most welcome to join me :D

Thanks, @Gilma, am also looking forward to meeting and going spotting with you in Costa Rica and if possible to learn from you, the wildlife in Costa Rica. SOTD is a bonus, but seeing and capturing in pictures those amazing wildlife from Costa Rica would be an incredible experience :)

Bhagya Herath
Bhagya Herath 6 years ago

wow!!!!! amazing spotting......

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 6 years ago

great job albert! congratulations!

Arya 6 years ago

Congrats again Albert! Hope to dive with you one day

Congratulations on the SOTD, AlbertKhang.
I am looking forward for you to be here in Costa Rica, I am sure you will photograph more SOTD in your visit.... : )

ChristosMaroulis 6 years ago


AlbertKang 6 years ago

Thanks, @Mark, @Dilan, @Rob, @Rieko, @Antonio and the rest who liked this spotting :)

awesome series Albert,super capture,congrats on the SOTD and thanks for sharing

RiekoS 6 years ago

Congratulations. Amazing spotting.

RobThacker 6 years ago

Congrats Albert! easy to see why you got SOTD

Dilan Chathuranga
Dilan Chathuranga 6 years ago

Congratulations Albert!!!Excellent series!!!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

Congratulations Albert on a very unsurprising SOTD :-)

AlbertKang 6 years ago

Thanks, @Leana & MacChristiansen.

Thanks, @Adarsha. Wildlife photography takes a lot of patience. I spent nearly 1 hour over 2 dives to take this series of pictures, most of them was not able to capture the display by the Males. Understanding the behavior of the animal helps. The Male display is just around 1 second, and you really need to anticipate the moment to capture it :D

MacChristiansen 6 years ago

Congratulations Albert on your SOTD

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 6 years ago

Excellent capture Albert. Such a clear and crisp photography from Point and shoot really says that photography is more about patience , skill and loving the moment...
A big big congratulations :) Very inspiring :)

Congratulations Albert on this well deserved SOTD!

AlbertKang 6 years ago

Thanks, @Yasser for selecting this as Spotting of the Day :)
Glad to be sharing my wildlife spottings here and is equally inspired by other PN members of their wonderful finds from all over the world.

Am going to Costa Rica next year and really looking forward to seeing those incredible stuff there. Meantime, have to explore more my backyard, Malaysia and Philippines :)

Thanks, @Maria, @Agustin, @Jellis, @Reza, @VivBraznell, @suzmonk, @Lauren, @kdpicturemaker, @MarcTe and @Neil :)

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 6 years ago

A wonderful spotting. Great photos and info. Congrats, Albert, on your SOTD.

MarcTe 6 years ago

great spotting!

kdpicturemaker 6 years ago

Unusual and beautiful!

LaurenZarate 6 years ago

Congratulations Albert!

suzmonk 6 years ago

Nice job, congratulations on a very interesting SOTD ...

VivBraznell 6 years ago

Congratulations on the SOTD Albert .. lovely series of images

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Romblon, Philippines

Spotted on Jun 14, 2014
Submitted on Jun 24, 2014

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