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 23 Nov 2019

  • Start Date: Sat 23 Nov 2019 at 10:00

Join us for a double dive in Cronulla at the well name Windy Point. With plenty of marine life, like Port Jackson sharks, cuttle fish and schools of yellowtail, this is a good site to tick off the dive list.

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Bare Island - Shore Dive Friday 06 Dec 2019

  • Start Date: Fri 06 Dec 2019 at 10:00

This is a double dive and leaves the shop at 10am, so make sure you are here early enough to collect your gear. 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. Don't forget to join us on Sundays for Free Pizza and beer at 3:00 pm 5:00 pm and a social get together.

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Henry Head - Boat Dive Saturday 14 Dec 2019

  • Start Date: Sat 14 Dec 2019 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

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Bare Island - Shore Dive Saturday 14 Dec 2019

  • Start Date: Sat 14 Dec 2019 at 10:00

This is a double dive and leaves the shop at 10am, so make sure you are here early enough to collect your gear. 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. Don't forget to join us on Sundays for Free Pizza and beer at 3:00 pm 5:00 pm and a social get together.

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Henry Head - Boat Dive Friday 20 Dec 2019

  • Start Date: Fri 20 Dec 2019 at 12:00

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.

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Bare Island - Shore Dive Saturday 21 Dec 2019

  • Start Date: Sat 21 Dec 2019 at 10:00

This is a double dive and leaves the shop at 10am, so make sure you are here early enough to collect your gear. 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. Don't forget to join us on Sundays for Free Pizza and beer at 3:00 pm 5:00 pm and a social get together.

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