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Many people don't realize that there are snakes that live in the ocean. And believe it or not, they're actually considerably more venomous than land snakes! Jonathan travels to Australia and the Philippines to find these marine reptiles, and learns why they are almost completely harmless to divers. This is an HD upload of a segment previously released in season 3. ********************************************************************** If you like Jonathan Bird's Blue World, don't forget to subscribe! You can join us on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/BlueWorldTV Twitter https://twitter.com/BlueWorld_TV Instagram @blueworldtv Web: http://www.blueworldTV.com ********************************************************************** The sea snake is an animal surrounded in mystery—known for its incredibly powerful venom, but not much else. Just how dangerous are these marine reptiles? I have traveled to Queensland, Australia on a quest to learn about sea snakes. Here on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, sea snakes are fairly common. Lets go see if we can find one. I hit the water, grab my camera and head towards the sea floor. Today I’m diving on a little seamount called a coral Bommie. It’s a mini-mountain of coral sticking up from the bottom, but not quite reaching the surface. Near the top of the Bommie, thousands of small fish feed on plankton passing by in the current, but they stay close to the reef, because they are being watched by a big school of jacks who are on the prowl for food themselves. The bommie is covered in healthy coral that provides lots of nooks and crannies for the fish to hide if they need cover. On the other side of the bommie, a large school of snappers are also looking for something to eat, and keeping a safe distance from the jacks. As I swim along at the base of the bommie, I’m keeping my eyes open for a snake-like animal. The coral looks healthy and a Spinecheek anemonefish gives me a quick glance from the safety of her host anemone. But I keep scanning the bottom and at last I have found my quarry: an olive sea snake, the most common species around the Great Barrier Reef. It’s swimming along the bottom doing the same thing everything else is doing—looking for food. The sea snake is closely related to a land snake, except it has adapted for life underwater. When a sea snake flicks its tongue, it’s getting rid of excess salt secreted by special glands in its mouth. Sea snakes live exclusively in the ocean, but since they’re reptiles, their kidneys can’t deal with too much excess salt in their blood. A sea snake gets around with a flattened section of tail that looks like an oar and serves as a fin. It looks just like an eel when it swims, undulating its body and getting propulsion from that flattened tail. Although sea snakes prefer to eat fish, eels and shrimp, these snappers aren’t at all afraid of the sea snake, because they are way too big for the sea snake to bite. This snake is heading for the surface to grab a breath of air. A sea snake, just like a land snake, has lungs and must breathe air to survive. It can hold its breath up to 3 hours during a dive. Recent research has shown that some sea snakes also can absorb a little bit of oxygen directly from the water through their skin, which is probably why a breath can last so long. After spending a minute at the surface breathing, the sea snake comes back down to the bottom. It’s poking around, looking for holes where it might corner a fish or shrimp. It sticks its head into the holes, hoping to get lucky. The sea snake is most closely related to the Cobra on land, and its venom is quite similar to cobra venom, but considerably more potent. If it manages to grab a fish, the venom will kill it in seconds. Sea snakes quite often take a rest on the bottom, sleeping as they hold their breath. I use the opportunity to sneak up on one. In spite of their fearsome venom, sea snakes are very timid and not particularly aggressive. Although this one is obviously not thrilled about being picked up, it doesn’t try to bite me. And when I let go, it just swims away. I find another one and can’t resist the opportunity to show the flattened tail section. Swim, be free! Although the sea snake is one of the most venomous animals in the world, you’re not very likely to be bitten by one. There are 62 known species of sea snakes and they live all around the tropical Indo-Pacific. I found this banded sea snake in the Philippines. They like nice warm tropical water because they are cold-blooded, like all reptiles. If the water gets too cold, they get lethargic. So, no matter what you might think of snakes, sea snakes are timid and shy animals that represent almost no threat at all to people, even though they produce some of the most powerful venom in the world.
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Love and live (2 days ago)
*What Sea Snake ? We have sea and Snake ? I thought human killed everything...🙄*
Saikat Das (3 days ago)
Superb video Mr. Bird...thank u for introducing us to a wonderful and mysterious underwater adventure.
Ragishetti Jyothi (3 days ago)
Ur world is very awsm😘😘
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Min Sword (11 days ago)
This is why i love marine biology sadly there's no way to get it
Teba Lott (12 days ago)
This is amazing
Dulal G (16 days ago)
Man that snake is thicc
Pricediver (17 days ago)
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BlueWorldTV (16 days ago)
Each one has benefits, but for the most part they have the same internal construction and breathe the same. If you want a RAM you need to find an old one on eBay and have it updated by Vintage Doublehose. But the Kraken is built brand new by them, so it's a lot easier. Just buy one!
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NinjaPuppy (20 days ago)
When you picked up the snake, it didn't thrash around like any other sea animal would do, it was more like "oh, I'm being picked up"
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Elaine B (22 days ago)
Cries inwardly you can't collab wi Steve Irwin on this vid. He did a vid on the ten deadliest snakes in the world & one was a sea snake living on the Great Barrier Reef.
THIWANKA AMBAGASPITIYA (24 days ago)
Any one from srilanka..!
Even though they have venom they look like a beautiful creature and I would love to see it in real life
Hacker 黑客 (1 month ago)
Nice 👍 bro
Jyotirmaya Mohanty (1 month ago)
Descendants of Mosasaurus.
dive4josvic (1 month ago)
amazing!.. now i start to love take video and photos under water..
Mohammed Kawsar (1 month ago)
Bangladesh
Ariyan Nasir (1 month ago)
You need Indian?
Asraful Khan (1 month ago)
Amazing
Suraj Kumar (1 month ago)
Vary naic
Md sohan (1 month ago)
Nice
dipak Sahoo (1 month ago)
So nice video
Rahul Jaicker (1 month ago)
Good sir IAM Indian Rahul jaicker
Ranjit Bhaskar (1 month ago)
Amazing
Ranjit Bhaskar (1 month ago)
Nice
Saddamhussain Hussain (1 month ago)
Nice
shipra gupta (1 month ago)
What a beautiful sea's life
Rc Udayakumar (1 month ago)
Jonathan, what's their food?
MANIKANTA KUMAR (1 month ago)
Your not Indian
The king of DIY (1 month ago)
U can catch those fishes
Hanif Shaikh (1 month ago)
Woooooow😮😮😮😮 So beautifull 😘😘😘😘😘
Baker Bhai (1 month ago)
Thanks a lot for given opportunity to watch this amazing sea snake. ❤🇧🇩
Top Technic (1 month ago)
Good knowledge
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josh macz (1 month ago)
2019? 😍😍
Nikhil Dandge (1 month ago)
Video is great
Yahiko Matol (1 month ago)
Looks like eel
Abi Shek (1 month ago)
Sea snakes are highly poisonous . May be it is neurotoxin or hemotoxin . They have longitudinal body and cylindrical shape . They have flat like tail for easy to swim . They can also come out from sea . They eating small fishes , crap and mollusc etc . It's rare and beautiful and very sensible animal in the list . It's differ from coral snacks . Coral snake has banding on the body , is Red and black or yellow and white and etc in colour . Eg.Micrurus
Lakhinder Kumar (1 month ago)
Nice video
Poonam Bharti (1 month ago)
Waaw
BryanJ TV (1 month ago)
One of the best video holding a sea snakes I've ever watched. The snake is friendly.
SN Bayzid Islam (1 month ago)
maja
Hriday Kumar (1 month ago)
Nice video.
Devaraj Devamma (1 month ago)
m .
Chandan Kumar (1 month ago)
Nice
Kymbert Laurio (1 month ago)
I love the voice of him. so very clean and understandable
Anjay Kumar (1 month ago)
Hi
Lalan Kumar (1 month ago)
O my god
FRIENDS Radium ART (1 month ago)
Nice job I love snacks
Welkin Birth (1 month ago)
Snakes are evil 😫😫😫
BlueWorldTV (1 month ago)
Sea snakes aren't!
Fans SP (1 month ago)
Great in Sea my friend
Jai Sri Ram (1 month ago)
right
kapil chaudhary (1 month ago)
Nice
Shakawat Hossen (1 month ago)
Wow
ARVIND KUMAR GUPTA (1 month ago)
nice your video i am indian sea snake commonly called hydrophis
MISU ANSARY (1 month ago)
so nice programme
Samreen Danish (1 month ago)
Owesum work
Madhuri Singh (1 month ago)
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Husnain Arif (1 month ago)
تم میرے رب کی کون کون سی نعمت کو جھٹلاو گے
Rohit Thakur (1 month ago)
Very nice
Md Noman (1 month ago)
Allahuakbar
Mr hossain (1 month ago)
Allah hu Akbor
Shashi Raj (1 month ago)
Love you from india
Shashi Raj (1 month ago)
Where are you from I'm your big fan
Mohd Fardeen Gour (1 month ago)
masaallah allah ke Qudrt
Vixon Von Trollington (1 month ago)
And here we have the Deadly Sea Snake. Or as I like to call it... *The Underwater Danger Noodle*
hasan islam (1 month ago)
anyone's from Bangladesh!?; i am from Bangladesh
Prem Prem S (2 months ago)
Very nice
Prem Prem S (2 months ago)
Tanku
DarkFeeder (2 months ago)
That's a see nope nope
chandru chandan (2 months ago)
Anyone from Karnataka
miller ardines (2 months ago)
Philippines stripe sea Snake 🐍 at the end of the video
PB 26 (2 months ago)
Woww nature too beautiful. But one day man will destroy evryrhithng which is left 😌
BlueWorldTV (2 months ago)
That's depressing! I hope that we will wake up and change our ways.
Vamshi Sai baba (2 months ago)
Super
gote boi (2 months ago)
angerey danger noodle
Sukh Malloke (2 months ago)
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Fadoodle (2 months ago)
I like it because of it's chill cool
Durgesh Kumar Yadav (2 months ago)
Amazing
Taspiya Tabaschum (2 months ago)
Wow
Jyotsna Chatterjee (2 months ago)
I relly love your programe.whare r u live in ?? I want to meet u.i loved see & see animals & coral.i went to see safarry with u.please give me yr contact no.
POOJA PARMAAR (2 months ago)
M vry mch scared of water
Md Hasan (2 months ago)
Nice
Subham Kumar (2 months ago)
Wowwwww
Deana Rafa Adelia (2 months ago)
Why arent the snake attacking you?
BlueWorldTV (2 months ago)
Because they are very relaxed snakes.
Praduman Kumar (2 months ago)
556u
M SMART TV (2 months ago)
nice
MAYANK PRATAP SINGH (2 months ago)
I love this world 😍
MD ABDUS SALAM (2 months ago)
WOW
Cool Gourav (2 months ago)
Anyone from odisha
alina gosain (2 months ago)
Red fish
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wow
VeBol vebol (2 months ago)
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Ramshewak Kushwaha (2 months ago)
nice
sanjugoud nsg (2 months ago)
Oh i love fishing
Mohammad Abir (2 months ago)
it's really amazing..opps..i want to dive under the sea..it's one of my dreams.
Tushar Patwary (2 months ago)
beautyfull
Tushar Patwary (2 months ago)
beautyfull
Tushar Patwary (2 months ago)
beautyfull
Alok Giri Goswami (2 months ago)
nice video
Atik islam (2 months ago)
live in Bangladesh
Abdullah Shaikh (2 months ago)
we some very nice

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