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 Saturday 07 Sep 2019

  • Start Date: Sat 07 Sep 2019 at 10:00

This is a double shore dive, departing the dive centre at the latest at 10:00am. Bare island is one of our easier dive sites. With depths ranging from 12-18 m you will have plenty of time to explore, say hi to the friendly groper and see the endangered weedy sea dragons. Make sure you keep an eye out for the hard to find red Indian fish and the frog fish. The site is located on Anzac Parade La Perouse with free parking and a toilet block near by.

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Bare Island - Shore Dive Friday 20 Sep 2019

  • Start Date: Fri 20 Sep 2019 at 10:00

This is a double shore dive, departing the dive centre at the latest at 10:00am. Bare island is one of our easier dive sites. With depths ranging from 12-18 m you will have plenty of time to explore, say hi to the friendly groper and see the endangered weedy sea dragons. Make sure you keep an eye out for the hard to find red Indian fish and the frog fish. The site is located on Anzac Parade La Perouse with free parking and a toilet block near by.

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