A shy member of the ray family, they are quick to retreat when they encounter our dive groups. Bull rays can grow up to 1.2m. They are a lovely shade of brownish grey or dark olive green, and they feature a whip-like tail with a venomous spine.
Originally identified as the type of ray that killed famous eco-adventurer and conservationist Steve Irwin (aka, the Crocodile Hunter) – a claim that has now been brought into question – bull rays generally considered harmless unless cornered and harassed.
During our Sydney dives, we’ll come across bull rays on sandy flats where they search for crabs and shellfish.
Check out this cool video of Bull Ray on one of our dives
Don’t get too close to that tail! Now that’s a big ray!
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Quick Facts on Bull Rays
If divers encounter Bull Rays while the animal is stationary, the ray will be known to raise its tail and point towards what they perceive as a threat as a warning. It’s an intimidating display!
Bull Ray are often found in sandy bottom areas such as reef edges or sand patches in shallow rock reefs.
People wading in the shallows will often see Bull Rays around any number of Sydney’s boat ramps, both in the harbour or along the coast, where fishermen discard fish waste which the Bull Rays eat.
- The stingray’s venom is very painful as it features serotonin which causes muscles to contract. The venom isn’t deadly unless the poisonous barb has impacted a major organ.
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Sydney Scuba Dive Costings
All prices include GST. Prices are per person.
Single Dive $69.00
Single Night Dive $69.00
TSS Currajong Night Dive $120.00
Double Boat Dive $120.00
Technical Tec 1 Dive (40-51m) $99.00
Tec 1 Dive + 1 Recreational Dive $120.00
Technical Tec 2 Dive (51-78m) $150.00
Tec 2 “Peak” Dive $950 (full boat rate. max 6 divers)
Ex – HMAS Adelaide Double Dive $120.00
Freediving $220.00ph (10pax max)
Whale Watching $65.00
Charter Rate $POA
Freediver $120.00 pp
I had an awesome couple of dives on the Ex-HMAS Adelaide for my 100th dive. It was an amazing experience thanks to Jason’s excellent boat and service, his detailed briefing really helped me navigate the ship wreck.
We dive regularly with Jason. He really looks after us. Great diving. Love the boat. Dives run on time which let’s us get to work after our dives.
I’ve chartered Sydney Dive Charters for my company’s annual Christmas party and we had a great time, the boat is great and Jason really went out of his way to accommodate our needs. I will definitely be back on board this year!
“I’ve been diving with Jason aboard Sydney Dive Charters dive boat for nearly 3 years now and I keep coming back. I’ve had the pleasure of exploring and enjoying some of the best technical wrecks in the Sydney Region. The boat makes for comfortable, easy diving – which when coupled with Jason’s local knowledge provides a complete service. There is nothing better than diving on a boat when you know the skipper is first and foremost a diver himself”