To get an expert's opinion, we sent the picture to Milton Love, Ph.D, professor of marine biology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He wrote: "Cool fish. I have never heard of that hybrid, but that does not mean they do not exist. I think spotties [spotted sand bass] are more closely related to [barred] sand bass than are calicos, so you might expect a sandy-spotty hybrid to occur more often. However, I don't think that a hybrid has been reported of either. However, I expect no one has looked very carefully."