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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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rahyan ramadhani (1 day ago)
i love your videos, i love indonesia too!!
Fredo Gee (2 days ago)
Sea turtle,snake
Intl. Cyber Police (4 days ago)
Snaketacular.
Matthew Koob (8 days ago)
Excellent! You seem to have no fear whatsoever!
Sadkitri Nugraheni (9 days ago)
Hey im from indonesia ,indonesia is most beautiful at sea
Rohit oreo (10 days ago)
How the light reaches in deep sea....
Organic Video (17 days ago)
Nice clip
anthöny Peter Jr. (17 days ago)
God is amazin
Kevin 01 (19 days ago)
is this in bali? im going bali next month and i am scared of snakes
Balwinder Kaur (19 days ago)
Wooooo amazing
J 23 (21 days ago)
Heyy.. Thats My Village, Mollucas Indonesia.. Regards, From Indonesia Thanks for this One..
Landen Olshefski (22 days ago)
I have a video of a diamondback rattle snake swimming 3 miles off the coast of Florida on my channel!
Erudite Sourav (22 days ago)
Sea snake island. Also known as Big Nope Island.
Shobha Kabbin (24 days ago)
👌👌👌👌👌👌
Jack Stone (24 days ago)
Jonathan Manuk
Novi Wulandari (26 days ago)
Hy love from Indonesia 😊😊😊
Average Player (28 days ago)
Actually, they have a meeting about how to make you their meal of the day. ✌ joke. BTW, you can find a seasnake cave here in the Philippines. Why not visit here again. You can find thousands of seasnake in just 1 cave. 😮
BlueWorldTV (27 days ago)
Tell me more about this cave!
Kotaro Minami (28 days ago)
This is my country. Indonesia. I'm from east java. Surabaya. Thx anyway
penguin 0507 (29 days ago)
"They don't seem to mind at all"
Loading . . . (29 days ago)
I’m glad this video was recommended for me to watch.
Osman Hossain (29 days ago)
Sea Snakes can be dangerous
Sa true Lang (29 days ago)
Is sea snake venomous?
Sa true Lang (28 days ago)
Thanks for replying
BlueWorldTV (28 days ago)
Very venomous
- M4gnix - (30 days ago)
I predict : a year later or many years later these snakes Will evolve into dragons
witty net (1 month ago)
Sorry but I can't remember I saw so many snakes. They are outnumbered by the fish.
Yose Akbar (1 month ago)
Were you vaccinated? I believe many of us are curious
Pustaka Video (1 month ago)
Terima Kasih 😀😀😀
RadhaDevi (1 month ago)
Hmm they did the same thing when I was swimming and they tried to check me out, seeming curious. I freaked out though and swam away 😄 as fast as I could
MD Abdur Rab (1 month ago)
Good experience
CM TRAVELLEROS (1 month ago)
gosh. in philippines there's an island of sea snake also.and promise there's so many sea snake
Na Na (1 month ago)
I understand that u have to be gentle with them to avoid getting bitten by the sea snakes. But once bitten is the venom dangerous and deadly like some land snakes
nagelli sandeep (1 month ago)
Is that poisonous snake sir tell me
BlueWorldTV (1 month ago)
No. But it is venomous.
Syeda Tajkia Nur (1 month ago)
Excellent ❤
Raul Pi (1 month ago)
Indonesian sea
Me EjajuL Khan (1 month ago)
Nice
Kustina Lasmini (1 month ago)
Indonesia ❤
Geraldine Rizarri (1 month ago)
theyre adoraBLE
Fartuun Qurxuxley (1 month ago)
For sure snakes are not aggressive they only bite for self defense
Tink Tin (1 month ago)
Didn't you afraid of 🐍 ??? 😥😥😥😥
fahrur rozy (1 month ago)
I am from indonesia. I like this :D
Hartanna ღ (1 month ago)
Am I the only one who saw “Sea Shrek” in the Title?
Sammy Spaniel (1 month ago)
Nope
Lucas Repoponio (1 month ago)
Big nope. Huhu snakes are so....ickky
박보검 (1 month ago)
Manok in the philippines means chicken
박보검 (1 month ago)
There is also a sea snake island in the philippines with more than 100 sea snake together
박보검 (1 month ago)
+Thatonedeepseaguy Films lol😂😂 maybe
박보검 So I’m guessing the island would be called chicken island?
Hà Xuyên (1 month ago)
Very nice
Ashia Davila (1 month ago)
I hope some people don’t take advantage of how mellow they are. Such amazing creatures. What a beautiful creation
Rahim Sk (1 month ago)
Nice
Putri Kezia (1 month ago)
Indonesia is where I live on.Love the sea.The sea is so clear
Elaine B (1 month ago)
And people say there are no such things as sea serpents!!! Wahahahahahahahaha!!! Plenty of sea snakeys & eels say otherwise!!!
Rachman Marangga (1 month ago)
Wooo. I'm sorry to found this channel just now. 🙏🙏🙏 Btw, if you want to see sea snake again, please visit Bima, Indonesia. There have a snake island.. This is amazing.
Alden Marbella (1 month ago)
Wow !! So amazing multi colors into the deep!!🤩🤩
Madhvi Saini (1 month ago)
And welcome to my world 😊😊😊#galbeautyattitude
Putul jiya singh (2 months ago)
I love it .sea world is amazing
sandok sampalok (2 months ago)
imagine sleeping while holding your breath... that's nightmare for me😵😱
herpson derps (2 months ago)
nope rope island
Arthur Divinagracia (1 month ago)
I dont finish the whole video but i think that snake is turtle head sea snake what do you think?
MNL48 Emperor (2 months ago)
DO SEA SNAKES HAVE VENOM???
Yes all sea snakes are venomous
BlueWorldTV (2 months ago)
A lot!
Stabilizer Bjb (2 months ago)
waw!!! RAJA AMPAT i am from indonesia ...thanks you admin love you blue worldTv good jobe
VISHAL SINGH MOHAN (2 months ago)
I love this video
Menchie Baterna (2 months ago)
0:45
PETERNAK DIGITAL (2 months ago)
*MY INDONESIA*
William Ainsworth (2 months ago)
There might be many snakes there because there seems to be no moray eels.
QFMR Gaming (2 months ago)
Is it venomous Or they just put the name SNAKE because it looks like snake
michael delossantos (2 months ago)
I love how they just go about their business and are so chill
Adam (2 months ago)
Ahhh scary I wont swim again
RedSky 05 (2 months ago)
2019..
KaijusaurusG2K (2 months ago)
Sea snakes: the closest thing we have to real life sea serpents
Real. Friends (2 months ago)
Nice.video
BASHUNDHARA SAREE (2 months ago)
Wow
Panglima Hitam (2 months ago)
coral snake is very very very dangerous.
wishmaster (2 months ago)
Sea snakes? Crocodile fish? Does every land animal have a sea counterpart?
BlueWorldTV (2 months ago)
I think people tend to name things after the things they look like.
Truong Tran (2 months ago)
Sir, you're dealing with Grimm ....
Sidhanth Mishra (2 months ago)
Just stupendous . Watched it from beginning to end. If these were sea kraits their density near the island makes sense since they are not fully aquatic and can spend time outside the water to digest food for example or lay eggs unlike fully marine species.
Nestor Saucedo (2 months ago)
Enhydrina schistosa?
BlueWorldTV (2 months ago)
Probably not. That one is found more in the Indian Ocean.
Greg Farello (2 months ago)
Love the indonesian background music
Random 13 (2 months ago)
Great documentary. Perhaps the sea snakes inhabit that area due to warmth from the volcanic activity?
asti damayanti (2 months ago)
Mesmerizing
Jo Tuanakotta (2 months ago)
Indonesia is my Country❤ Raja Ampat
Libi Magaña (2 months ago)
People don’t understand the hard work u guys put in to it I love your channel thank you , you make my lady’s because I love reef and oceans
Mr. Gadhawapuri (2 months ago)
The best country Indonesia
Rapuru Kalaiah (2 months ago)
Super
Kiki Wijaya (2 months ago)
Beautiful 🇮🇩.. 😁 Indah nya negeri ku teercinta,, iloveyu Indonesia 🇮🇩
Taspiya Tabaschum (2 months ago)
Amazing
pooch (3 months ago)
Omg I love this...those sea snakes looks like ribbons under the sea
John Powell (3 months ago)
They're all nope-ropes to me.
Agus Priadi (3 months ago)
keindahan alam indonesia memang juaranya 😁😁😁
Samurai Levi (3 months ago)
I like snakes, but I love the sea so this just makes me want to adopt a sea snake.
miller ardines (3 months ago)
Manok is called Chicken in the Philippines 🇵🇭
Elvin John Tropezado (3 months ago)
I want to touch them too , their so cuute
Laszlo Garamszegi (3 months ago)
Ugly creature. I hate them. Brrrrr!!!
Hà Xuyên (3 months ago)
Thanks Blue World for special video. From Belgium
mohd azeem (3 months ago)
Lite hay yaro
Best Chanel
Md Hasan (3 months ago)
Nice
uweihai (3 months ago)
I’m at Indonesia and I wish to go to raja empat and manuk and manuk isn’t Indonesian Indonesian bird is burung
Macky Macay (3 months ago)
Why are they so friendly? 😅
Kavya Das (3 months ago)
It feels like a grandpa telling us beautiful story with magical and perfect notation like words..
BlueWorldTV (3 months ago)
Anything wrong with that? Grandpa usually tells good stories.
Brown (3 months ago)
Snakes in water? What next flying spiders?
Deana Rafa Adelia (3 months ago)
I just realized.. this is indonesia. I forgot my own country lol.
Voodoo King (3 months ago)
so i can touch a sea snake and not get bit cool
BlueWorldTV (3 months ago)
I don't advise it. Especially on land.
juan Ollete (3 months ago)
I really love this ..all about fishes😊
Nice video SAR

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