Red Indian Fish

The Red Indian fish can reach a maximum length of 35cm. The ones I have seen have all been around 20-25cm. They range in colour from a scarlet, brick red to an orange colour. Sometimes they have black and/or white spots as well. The fish looks remarkably like a piece of sponge. The fish's dorsal fin stretches the entire length of its body and gives it the appearance of wearing a North American Indian chief's headdress. Therefore, the fish does indeed look like a Red Indian.

The Red Indian fish is only found in Australian waters, and from Moreton Bay in Queensland to Durras on the NSW South Coast. They also appear from South Australia around to Shark Bay in Western Australia. Most in Botany Bay is found at between 10m and18m.

The Red Indian fish usually sits still on the bottom next to a sponge that it resembles. When found it does not move but remains motionless on the bottom. The Red Indian fish can swim but when it does it looks like a dead leaf sinking through the water.

In Sydney, Red Indian Fish are regularly seen at Bare Island and Henry Head.

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Bare Island - Shore Dive Friday 22 Jan 2021

  • Start Date: Fri 22 Jan 2021 at 10:00

Bare Island is arguably Sydney's most popular dive site and is suitable for all levels of divers. With a range of dive sites, it is set to impress no matter what the conditions.

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Henry Head - Boat Dive Friday 12 Feb 2021

  • Start Date: Fri 12 Feb 2021 at 07:00

A site filled with all the colours of the rainbow, come and explore the seascape in the search for sea horses and red Indian fish. A beautiful dive site you will not want to miss. max depth 21m with most of the site around 15m everyone is welcome. Please be at the dive centre 1 hour prior to departure to collect gear If conditions make the planned site unsuitable, then another site will be selected for the dive

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Henry Head - Boat Dive Saturday 13 Feb 2021

  • Start Date: Sat 13 Feb 2021 at 08:00

A site filled with all the colours of the rainbow, come and explore the seascape in the search for sea horses and red Indian fish. A beautiful dive site you will not want to miss. max depth 21m with most of the site around 15m everyone is welcome. Please be at the dive centre 1 hour prior to departure to collect gear If conditions make the planned site unsuitable, then another site will be selected for the dive

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Bare Island - Shore Dive Saturday 13 Feb 2021

  • Start Date: Sat 13 Feb 2021 at 10:00

Bare Island is arguably Sydney's most popular dive site and is suitable for all levels of divers. With a range of dive sites, it is set to impress no matter what the conditions.

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