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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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Text Comments (970)
viky ulin (22 hours ago)
alhamdulilah aq bangga jadi orang indo ... indonesia is the best😇😇😇
Riki Gunawan (1 day ago)
aku cinta tanah air ku indonesia 😍😍
Sea snakes most poison very dangerous take care sir Good information Good documentary thanks so much sir
Hari Kumar anuragi (3 days ago)
Osm
Bule aje liburan nye di tanah air kita, sedangkan kita banyak orang bego yg sok ke luar negri padahal cuma ke tailan, malay / singapur dah norak pamer2
Jose Hernandez (5 days ago)
Oh so it doesn't attack people??? Cool, I can swim with it!
Huey Gabus (5 days ago)
Wonderfull indonesia
Prashant Awasthi (5 days ago)
Can u please make a video on colossal squids
Prashant Awasthi (6 days ago)
Thats really amazing👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👌👏👏👏👏👏👏
So proud to be indonesian
lugia gaming (6 days ago)
No don't go to snake island you will die there
BlueWorldTV (6 days ago)
I lived!!!
Marisa Unyu (7 days ago)
woww .. INDONESIA ,RAJA AMPAT 😍😘😍
Sanatombi laitonjam (9 days ago)
I love oceans.,.sea......water ....!!;;::::""**I want to be like you
SunShine (10 days ago)
Oh my god...is this real....you are awesome man...
Gigantis (11 days ago)
I never thought a sad night would be cured by watching this at 2 am. This was refreshing and very nice to watch. The vast ocean is beautiful.
zet zetun (12 days ago)
we love indonesia
Rheva Ilham Gahfara (12 days ago)
Manuk = Bird Jonathan Manuk? 😂
Diandra Rachma (14 days ago)
Thank you for visiting indonesia ❤️
Liem Mei Li (14 days ago)
Indonesia..😍 I'm Indonesian 😊
WOOOOW MY *COUNTY*
Whiterun Guard (18 days ago)
So many ocean noodles
E. B. (18 days ago)
I just got major chills. Yuck yuck yuck
Human Being (18 days ago)
Bird will catch the sea snakes when they come out for oxygen to breath. Sea snakes are most venomous in the world after cone snail.
Pushpa Sahu (19 days ago)
Wow beautiful 😘😘
Akshay kumar Ray (20 days ago)
Very nice video
Tomi Hidayat (22 days ago)
So beautiful island 😁 hello i from indonesian.
a r Atal Kumar (22 days ago)
Atal. Raj
Hari Haran (27 days ago)
So cute 😍
I just realized the intro is 30 sec long
BlueWorldTV (27 days ago)
Yeah, a little long by YouTube standards. Since we started on TV, it took us a while to learn to adapt the program to YouTube. Our opens are much shorter now on our more recent episodes.
Donnel Oling (1 month ago)
Awesome!!!! 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍
Mostafa kamal (1 month ago)
love this channel
John Reaner Nocum (1 month ago)
Manok is Chicken in Philippines.
John Reaner Nocum (1 month ago)
+BlueWorldTV i wish i knew your channel earlier! Thanks and keep it up. As you may or may not be aware we share most words with malaysia and indonesia because they were the early settlers here in ph :)
BlueWorldTV (1 month ago)
Yum! :-)
Vennessa Clanny S (1 month ago)
how abt go to malaysia in sabah
BlueWorldTV (1 month ago)
Check out our sea turtle episode!
Faisal Es (1 month ago)
From indonesia👍
Kalahasthi Gayathri (1 month ago)
I like u r world
Farhan Shaikh (1 month ago)
At 9:44 what was that on head of snake
Dzakiyatur Rosyidah (1 month ago)
Beautiful indonesia, my country
Joe C. (1 month ago)
What kind of regulator is that? Looked like a CCR but isn't one. Looks like an old-fashioned 70s setup!
BlueWorldTV (1 month ago)
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ashakura yuki (1 month ago)
amazing, thank you for the show , I would love to do scuba diving someday , to see the beautiful under the water .
hk hk (1 month ago)
thanks for visit to Indonesia,, i am Indonesian,,,i am glad to sow it
Salikur Rahman (1 month ago)
O great Allah
Miss UglyDucky (1 month ago)
Mind blowing and just WOW...
Froggie Loves nature (1 month ago)
Please don’t be horrid if you think this question is stupid, but do sea snakes ever go on land, or are they completely aquatic? Also they way they move their tails to move themselves is very similar to when you paddle with a single oar, using one side then the other side. The motion is the same!
BlueWorldTV (1 month ago)
They lay eggs on land, but that's it. Not a stupid question!
Fatima Cafe (1 month ago)
As a person like me who doesn't know how to swim I will never get a chance to see a thousands of beautiful fish and other sea creature, so I am thankful that there's someone like you who documented this. 😊 But correct me if I'm wrong, divers are not allowed to touch any sea creatures under the ocean.
BlueWorldTV (1 month ago)
First of all you should learn to swim! Second of all there is no rule on touching, just as there is no rule on touching animals anywhere.
BISWAJIT MONDAL (1 month ago)
Amazing Sir Jonathan ..Great work
Young Lewis (1 month ago)
Awesome guy
Freddy Fazbear500 (1 month ago)
Is it just me or the snakes skin looks like from a whale shark it looks so femilar just thin version
REMIS World (1 month ago)
Wonderful.
Nesya Stefani (1 month ago)
Indonesia??
mahindra potdar (1 month ago)
You do work great... You show us blue world thanks a lot...
bikash nembang (1 month ago)
nature's so beautiful but human unlimited want destroying .
Bosonda Lighting (1 month ago)
divtek is very good for shooting
Fred Flintstone (1 month ago)
I hate snakes
BlueWorldTV (1 month ago)
I'm not a big fan either, but sea snakes are kinda neat.
Nam Nguyen (1 month ago)
great underwater explorer
Strong heart (1 month ago)
Me and my couzin had an encounter with a sea snake before we were like having a boat ride just the four of us with our friends we landed anchor for a swim we all came back to the boat and suddenly one sea snake came near us with it's head going up on water my couzin attacked it because it is about to attack us. My couzin attacked it once with a row like the thing you use to row your boat or paddle. Then we go away..
Amak Kiki (1 month ago)
Wonderful Maluku
lyrics_love _bird (1 month ago)
They looks like fish
lyrics_love _bird (1 month ago)
+BlueWorldTV yeah but ... looks like snake also... terrifying
BlueWorldTV (1 month ago)
Skinny fish!
mauna simsss (1 month ago)
Wow never knew there was such thing called a crocodile fish🧐😯
Pratham Jani (1 month ago)
Wow the water is so clean I love to know about sea creatures and sea world is so beautiful
Ivya Biryukova (1 month ago)
9:20 sea snakes: owo wats dis?
Koila Lees Finau (1 month ago)
wow this is so coo,l really hoping I get to do something like this!!
This is awesome and these animals are the most friendly 🐍. Thank you Blue world
Stream Seeker (1 month ago)
Either change your speciality or change your name. Jonathan BIRD is looking for Sea Creatures.
Geethad Geetha (1 month ago)
super
Fred Polizzi (1 month ago)
One quick question, if you put your pet snake in the sea does it drown or does it evolve into a sea snake ??
BlueWorldTV (1 month ago)
Drown!
Tien Nguyen (1 month ago)
I got bit by sea snake before. This video is awesome but i still scare sea snake
BlueWorldTV (1 month ago)
OUCH! What kind of sea snake bit you and where were you?
hej Von lolenberg (2 months ago)
Really good pictures, it feels very authentic.
Shelby 67 (2 months ago)
They are so beautiful. Great video
komal sharmaKhan (2 months ago)
Wow
Anup Chakrabarti (2 months ago)
Ausum
Tiger H. Lore (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
Water noodle
Cally the Weeb (2 months ago)
Jormungandr
ひfearless Yt (2 months ago)
Nice video
kiro campos (2 months ago)
THERE IS SNAKE ISLAND IN PHILIPPINES TOO
Puji Yastutik (2 months ago)
Awesome
Emmanuel Magana (2 months ago)
Hey it's me again I live in bahamas Nassau but I was born in Philippines
BlueWorldTV (2 months ago)
You like islands!
Addi's Gaming (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
How great God Almighty is
Crlng (2 months ago)
Imagine sleeping while holding your breath 😮
Tali Kirschner (2 months ago)
You’re so brave!
Spyderh8r (2 months ago)
Wow my friends look great 😄
Renny Re (2 months ago)
INDONESIA gitu loh !!!!
Avril chite (3 months ago)
Beautifull indonesian
Jue Lu (3 months 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 (3 months ago)
Your videos shows that how friendly that sea creatures. Problems are in the people and amateur divers.
Muhammed (3 months 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 (3 months ago)
Indonesia 😍😍😍
Naury syah (3 months ago)
Yes and thank u for visiting indonesia 😄
BlueWorldTV (3 months ago)
Wonderful place!
Whatever (3 months ago)
Are they venomous?
BlueWorldTV (3 months ago)
Yes, very.
gile (3 months ago)
Great video. Tnx
Rini Wahyudin (3 months ago)
Saya indonesia saya cinta indonesia
Ulala cucok meong aw aw (3 months ago)
Proud to Indonesia
MozarTips (3 months ago)
I feel sorry for the pilot of the seahorse. 5:43
Adeline Cruz (3 months ago)
Wow, those stripes and colors of those sea snakes are beautiful 🐍
Lonexx (3 months ago)
crabesnake
fatimah Sing ayu dewe (3 months ago)
Indonesia
sekan star (3 months 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 (3 months ago)
LOL!
A S (3 months ago)
Indonesia 🇮🇩🇮🇩🇮🇩🇮🇩🇮🇩🇮🇩🇮🇩
Apollo Lapinid (3 months ago)
So much thank you for this legacy you've shared
Rini Wahyudin (3 months ago)
I live in indonesian i love lombok

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