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Sea Snake Island | JONATHAN BIRD'S BLUE WORLD

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In this exciting adventure, Jonathan travels to Manuk, a tiny, uninhabited volcanic island several hundred miles from the nearest populated island in Indonesia, on a mission to discover why the waters of this remote place are teeming with thousands of venomous sea snakes! And if you love sea snakes, check out our adventure with sea snakes in Australia: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9gQY4m2HPYk ********************************************************************** If you like Jonathan Bird's Blue World, don't forget to subscribe! You can buy some Blue World T-shirts & Swag! http://www.blueworldtv.com/shop You can join us on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/BlueWorldTV Twitter https://twitter.com/BlueWorld_TV Instagram @blueworldtv Web: http://www.blueworldTV.com ********************************************************************** Some of the world’s richest coral reefs thrive in Indonesia. Located in the middle of the so-called coral triangle, the diversity of species and colors of Indonesian reefs absolutely amazes me every time I get the chance to dive here. This time however, it’s not the reefs I have come to film, but a remote and uninhabited island whose waters are reputed to teem with thousands of sea snakes! The island, known as Manuk, is an active volcano a hundred kilometers from the nearest inhabited island, smack dab in the middle of the Indonesian archipelago. Getting there is no easy task. I have chartered the Seahorse, a traditional Indonesian Pinisi built for divers, for a special itinerary to reach Manuk Island. Divemaster Jandri meets me at the marina in Sorong. It took me 2 full days of flying just to get to Sorong from the United States! He takes me out to the Seahorse, my home away from home for the next two weeks. This expedition will take 14 divers 1200 miles across the Banda Sea, from Sorong to Alor, stopping to dive along the way at many islands, the most important of which of course is Manuk. The island is aptly named: Manuk means “bird” in several Indonesian dialects. And birds it has! Manuk is completely uninhabited and there are a few reasons why. First of all, it’s kind of steep. But more importantly, it’s an active volcano! There are steam and sulfur vents all over the island. It swims casually by flapping its flattened, paddle-like section of tail. Sea snakes are among the most venomous animals on Earth. They use this venom to hunt, and fortunately, attacks on people are extremely rare. Soon I start to see other sea snakes, and I realize that more and more have been appearing. Were they here before and I didn’t see them, or did they come out from someplace? Clearly, some were sleeping. This one is taking a nap in plain view on the reef. I guess they don’t really have to worry about predators. I watch this one sleep for a little while, and start to wonder if it’s even alive. Pretty soon I notice that as the snakes are waking up, they are coming over to check me out. Like land snakes, this is how a sea snake “smells” but at the same time, the tongue flicking helps get rid of excess salt from glands in its mouth. Because sea snakes are reptiles just like land snakes, they have lungs and need to breathe air just like people. So a sea snake must head to the surface every once in a while for a breath. Sea snakes have a huge lung that takes up nearly the entire length of their bodies so they can hold a big breath that will last a while. Each time a sea snake surfaces, it usually spends a minute or two resting and breathing, before gulping in that last big breath and diving back down to the reef. A breath can last 1-2 hours depending on the species, but most sea snakes breathe more often than that unless they are sleeping. They can also absorb a little bit of oxygen from the water directly through their skin, which helps them extend their dives. The next morning I’m up at sunrise, and heading out to the reef for an early morning dive. Early morning is when the sea snakes hunt, and I’m hoping to witness the reef alive with sea snakes on the prowl! Underwater, the light levels are still low, and I’m heading out to a deep seamount where I saw a lot of sea snakes yesterday. This should be a good place to find some sea snakes hunting. When a sea snake hunts, it takes advantage of having a small head and a thin body to go from hole to hole in the reef, poking its head inside. It hopes to corner a fish or invertebrate that’s hiding in the hole. Once the hunting starts, more sea snakes start coming in to the reef to join the hunt. On this seamount more than a hundred feet from the surface, dozens of sea snakes are gathering to prowl the reef for food. Sometimes, they appear to work together to make sure nothing escapes.
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komal sharmaKhan (2 days ago)
Wow
Anup Chakrabarti (2 days ago)
Ausum
Tiger H. Lore (3 days ago)
Sea snakes are so calm and peaceful because they know nothing will mess with them. They can kill almost anything. It just shows how peaceful people would be if everyone carried a gun. 😋
Otai w_a_v_e (5 days ago)
Water noodle
Cally the Weeb (5 days ago)
Jormungandr
xXfe4rlessxX Yt clan (6 days ago)
Nice video
kiro campos (9 days ago)
THERE IS SNAKE ISLAND IN PHILIPPINES TOO
Puji Yastutik (10 days ago)
Awesome
Emmanuel Magana (12 days ago)
Hey it's me again I live in bahamas Nassau but I was born in Philippines
BlueWorldTV (12 days ago)
You like islands!
Addi's Gaming (15 days ago)
I love snakes only if they could swim and there was a whole island of th- OH MAH GAWD SO KAWAII I LOVE THIS ISLAND IM MOVING THERE YES YES YES YES YES YES HEAVEN IS HERE GOD IS BLESSING ME YES
Blessed Blessed (15 days ago)
How great God Almighty is
Crlng (22 days ago)
Imagine sleeping while holding your breath 😮
Tali Kirschner (23 days ago)
You’re so brave!
Spyderh8r (25 days ago)
Wow my friends look great 😄
Renny Re (27 days ago)
INDONESIA gitu loh !!!!
Avril chite (28 days ago)
Beautifull indonesian
Jue Lu (30 days ago)
Incredible! The snakes are amazing. What is even more fantastic is the fact that you swam so close to them and not be scared.
Muhammed (30 days ago)
Your videos shows that how friendly that sea creatures. Problems are in the people and amateur divers.
Muhammed (1 month ago)
Theese videos makes me want to dive in Eagen Sea! İndonesia is too good but too far for us. I want to see theese creatures every dayy.
Naury syah (1 month ago)
Indonesia 😍😍😍
Naury syah (1 month ago)
Yes and thank u for visiting indonesia 😄
BlueWorldTV (1 month ago)
Wonderful place!
Whatever (1 month ago)
Are they venomous?
BlueWorldTV (1 month ago)
Yes, very.
gile (1 month ago)
Great video. Tnx
Rini Wahyudin (1 month ago)
Saya indonesia saya cinta indonesia
Prini96 August (1 month ago)
Proud to Indonesia
The Unwanted Guy (1 month ago)
I feel sorry for the pilot of the seahorse. 5:43
Adeline Cruz (1 month ago)
Wow, those stripes and colors of those sea snakes are beautiful 🐍
Lonexx (1 month ago)
crabesnake
fatimah Sing ayu dewe (1 month ago)
Indonesia
sekan star (1 month ago)
Is that a snake in front of you or you just happy to ............... never mind , that is a freaking snake in front of you !!!
BlueWorldTV (1 month ago)
LOL!
ani syafriati (1 month ago)
Indonesia 🇮🇩🇮🇩🇮🇩🇮🇩🇮🇩🇮🇩🇮🇩
Apollo Lapinid (1 month ago)
So much thank you for this legacy you've shared
Rini Wahyudin (1 month ago)
I live in indonesian i love lombok
kemy dst (1 month ago)
it's my country
Priya Dey (1 month ago)
👌👌👌
Yadi Armando (1 month ago)
*I 💝 INDONESIAN* 🇮🇩🇮🇩🇮🇩
Erina Fajriani Rahman (1 month ago)
Indonesia.. Im from here btw.. so proud. .
BlueWorldTV (1 month ago)
Indonesia is beautiful!
Narzary Narzary (1 month ago)
Very beautiful creature footage have got to seen
Brownwoman ofGod (1 month ago)
He was so close to them!
BlueWorldTV (1 month ago)
They are wonderfully tame animals.
Yosa Alfiqie (1 month ago)
cant believe this beautiful place is in Indonesia :o
Zeroguard10 (1 month ago)
So what are those sea snake eat?
steven gable (1 month ago)
absolutely fantastic and beautiful snakes so dangerous but chilled out its unreal. nice
Gonjo Guaiya (1 month ago)
too powerful for me to handle.
veni vidi vici (1 month ago)
It's my country I love it
heang cambodia (1 month ago)
Name is Mrr SovanDA, OKay guy
Sathi Akter (1 month ago)
Wow......Very......Nice So...i think
Zaid Khan (1 month ago)
This video was made one year later
Siloduzstuff For Cats (1 month ago)
Be careful there might be a Belcher’s Sea Snake that can kill 1,000 humans with one single bite.
Sonikku 2003 (1 month ago)
Lol in the Philippines, there is a word; Manok meaning chicken xD Edit: Sorry if I make u all hungry xD
Amanda Palmela (2 months ago)
Amazing
md mamun mia (2 months ago)
Nice
Riza Setyawan (2 months ago)
Very amazing video Beautiful coral and many colorfull fish it's very good place for long holiday
Monalisa Pratiwi (2 months ago)
Hai Jonathan ? Have you tried Bima Island ? That’s also the habitat for snakes especially for Erabu snakes . Maybe you can find many snakes too , when you diving
Nothing in Particular (2 months ago)
Diver 1: Why are you so sad lately? Diver 2: I guess I have... decompression.
Ashaq Ali Ashaq Ali (2 months ago)
wowwwwwww amazing sea superbbbbbb
Sony Sonyyadav (2 months ago)
Lovely
Abdul Rasul (2 months ago)
I'm from Indonesian. ... Indonesia beautiful
Atiyar Rahaman (2 months ago)
Wow
just married (2 months ago)
Thanks to explor indonesia
Viktorianus Igo (2 months ago)
Yeah indonesian
Hamis Hamis (2 months ago)
Sea is veryy nice...!!!
Rattlebug12 (3 months ago)
So cool!! The only sea snakes I've ever had the pleasure of observing a good deal have been Ijimai's Turtle Headed Sea Snake. What species was around Manuk?
BlueWorldTV (3 months ago)
Mostly Laticauda laticaudata.  (Blue-lipped sea krait)
abraar ali (3 months ago)
naic
Sweety Sweety (3 months ago)
I like you
Anthony Bloom (3 months ago)
Visit the Philippines and you can find also a house of sea snake.
Farees Isqandar (3 months ago)
Just Chill? Lmao
ZEENKE (3 months ago)
manuk is a chicken
BlueWorldTV (3 months ago)
I wonder why it is called that?
omg... he is sooo lucky
Roiyan Nur Khoirul Umam (3 months ago)
That at my country
Roiyan Nur Khoirul Umam (3 months ago)
So you must go to other beautiful place, like Raja Ampat or Banda Neira
Roiyan Nur Khoirul Umam (3 months ago)
Wonderful of Indonesia
UNICORNS DIY (3 months ago)
Is that sea snake called sea krait?
BlueWorldTV (3 months ago)
Yes, that is one name for them. Krait is a word for a particular genus of land snakes and some people therefore refer to sea snakes as sea kraits. The term is fine but not technically correct.
I do covers (3 months ago)
MANUK😂😂😂 It means chicken in philippines😐
Live The Dream Online (3 months ago)
It is a good thing for Jonathan that these things don't attack humans too often
Rupesh Singh (3 months ago)
Mind blowing
Simon (3 months ago)
one little bite and you are gone in seconds
Alexandri (3 months ago)
Under the sea Under the sea
putra nusantara (3 months ago)
Amazing indonesia sea
macam asia (3 months ago)
indonesia❤❤❤
Vault Boy (3 months ago)
"Snaketactular!!!!"
BlueWorldTV (3 months ago)
Thank you Mr. President! LOL!
rahatt rahatt (3 months ago)
আল্লাহ তাআলা পৃথিবীতে কত কিছু সৃষ্টি করেছেন এই ভিডিওটি তাহার প্রমাণ
Manju Kumar (3 months ago)
Hair are you marine biologists
BlueWorldTV (3 months ago)
Nope...I just play one on TV. LOL
Hannan Ahmed (3 months ago)
I like it
Javier Cacao (3 months ago)
First snake was like: "Dude, you woke me up from my afternoon nap!" lol j/k. Amazing videos.These snakes are fascinating. Thank you for sharing, I'm subscribed!
Ann Drea (3 months ago)
Love iit
refath raihan (3 months ago)
ALHAMDULILLAH
Michael Paliden (3 months ago)
I see sankes
Elina Ranau (3 months ago)
Indonesia
Konrád Kopečný (3 months ago)
I have been to Manuk Island too on the Sea Lady ship. Fantastic diving with sea snakes. Your film describes the situation there really truly. :-)
faiz faiz (3 months ago)
I'm from indonesia
Jack Howard Peterson (3 months ago)
Taylor swift home
Atha Alfathan (3 months ago)
Itu kan di indonesia
Tufa Jahan (3 months ago)
I really liked this vedio
#kings jaguars (3 months ago)
Your doing good job bro
Serge Liberchuk (3 months ago)
What kind of dive equipment is that? Is it a rebreather?
BlueWorldTV (3 months ago)
No, just a double hose regulator.
Big Heart Presents (3 months ago)
Love u #Jonathan from #india
Alyssa Murphy (3 months ago)
Lol these were the most chill, laid back, calm snakes I've ever seen in a video. 😂 They're just politely minding their own business. 🐍
Sketch B. Cartooni (4 months ago)
wet sneks
Desiree Ang (4 months ago)
Hope to see an episode on mola mola
Twisted Troyes evos (4 months ago)
Im from indonesia in Jakarta
Patricia Kersey (4 months ago)
ilove you
billy-bob (4 months ago)
11:13 lol
I love you video

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