Photo of the Day for February 27, 2024 – At the coastline of Dauin

Dauin, situated on Negros Island’s southern coast, is renowned as a prime spot for critter diving in the Philippines. Here, divers can encounter a diverse array of fascinating creatures. Let’s explore some highlights:


SIGHTS OF NEGROS - PHOTO OF THE DAY - At the costline of Dauin
SIGHTS OF NEGROS – PHOTO OF THE DAY – At the costline of Dauin


  1. Ambon Scorpionfish (Pteroidichthys amboinensis): This tiny predator, reaching only 12cm in length, boasts intricate camouflage and venomous appendages, making it a master of ambush hunting.
  2. Wonderpus Octopus (Wunderpus photogenicus): Exclusive to certain sites along the Dauin coast, the Wonderpus Octopus is a strikingly photogenic creature, distinguishable from its mimic octopus cousin by its distinct markings and unchanging behavior.
  3. Warty Frogfish (Antennarius maculatus): Charismatic and small enough to fit in one’s palm, the Warty Frogfish blends seamlessly into its surroundings, utilizing jet propulsion for movement and ambush hunting tactics.
  4. Nudibranchs:
    • ‘Shaun Sheep’ Nudibranch (Costasiella kuroshimae): Recognized for its diminutive size and association with algae, this nudibranch employs kleptoplasty to supplement its diet through photosynthesis.
    • Blue Dragon Nudibranch (Pteraeolidia ianthina): Carnivorous and ‘solar-powered’, this nudibranch feeds on hydroids containing zooxanthellae, which continue to photosynthesize within its tissues.
  5. Peacock Mantis Shrimp (Odontodactylus scyllarus): With stunning colors and lightning-fast strikes, this mantis shrimp is a formidable predator equipped with trinocular vision and an array of photoreceptors for detecting prey.
  6. Whip Coral Shrimp (Dasycaris zanzibarica): Perfectly camouflaged within whip corals, these shrimp are ideal subjects for macro photography, often found in pairs with females being larger than males.
  7. Mototi Octopus (Amphioctopus siamensis): Sporting dramatic color changes and false-eye spots for defense, this octopus preys on shellfish and crabs with its paralytic saliva.

Dauin’s underwater realm offers a treasure trove of unique critters, making it a paradise for macro photographers and critter enthusiasts alike.

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