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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Henry Head - Boat Dive Saturday 14 Mar 2020

  • Start Date: Sat 14 Mar 2020 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. Make sure you are at the boat ramp on time and ready to go in your scuba gear as the boat will leave right on time. If conditions make the planned site unsuitable, then another site will be selected for the dive..Transport is not included for this dive, if you require a lift please early. If no lift can be provided the best option is an Uber to and from the site, itis only about $10

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Bare Island - Shore Dive Saturday 14 Mar 2020

  • Start Date: Sat 14 Mar 2020 at 09:00

This is a double dive and leaves the shop at 9am, 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 most Sundays for Free Pizza and beer at 3:00 pm -5:00 pm and a social get together. If conditions make the planned site unsuitable, then another site will be selected for the dive.. Transport is not included for this dive, if you require a lift please be here no later than 45 minutes before start time. If no lift can be provided the best option is an Uber to and from the site.

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Henry Head - Boat Dive Saturday 14 Mar 2020

  • Start Date: Sat 14 Mar 2020 at 11:30

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Henry Head - Boat Dive Sunday 15 Mar 2020

  • Start Date: Sun 15 Mar 2020 at 11:30

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. Make sure you are at the boat ramp on time and ready to go in your scuba gear as the boat will leave right on time. If conditions make the planned site unsuitable, then another site will be selected for the dive..Transport is not included for this dive, if you require a lift please early. If no lift can be provided the best option is an Uber to and from the site.

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Henry Head - Boat Dive Saturday 21 Mar 2020

  • Start Date: Sat 21 Mar 2020 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. Make sure you are at the boat ramp on time and ready to go in your scuba gear as the boat will leave right on time. If conditions make the planned site unsuitable, then another site will be selected for the dive..Transport is not included for this dive, if you require a lift please early. If no lift can be provided the best option is an Uber to and from the site.

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Bare Island - Shore Dive Friday 27 Mar 2020

  • Start Date: Fri 27 Mar 2020 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 most Sundays for Free Pizza and beer at 3:00 pm -5:00 pm and a social get together. If conditions make the planned site unsuitable, then another site will be selected for the dive.. Transport is not included for this dive, if you require a lift please be here no later than 45 minutes before start time. If no lift can be provided the best option is an Uber to and from the site.

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