Three-barred Porcupine Fish

Dicotylichthys punctulatus

Three-barred porcupine fish are known as blowfish, globefish, hedgehog fishes, spiny box puffer, spiny boxfish, spiny puffer and swelltoads. They’re extremely common drifting along the sandy bottom near coastal shelves.

They’re very cute sporting big eyes, rotund elliptical body with tiny flippers. They’ll keep to themselves, but they’re a pleasure to encounter throughout our dives.

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Quick facts on the three-barred porcupine fish

  • When threatened, spines on the fish’s body stick out as the fish “inflates” and balloons out. The spikes that would normally lay flat on the fish suddenly poke out, although on porcupine fish (as opposed to many puffer fish) the spines are more prominent and stand out even they are flat.
  • The spines on porcupine fish are poisonous featuring a neurotoxin that can be lethal.

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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

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