Red Sea Night Dive! | JONATHAN BIRD’S BLUE WORLD

Red Sea Night Dive! | JONATHAN BIRD’S BLUE WORLD


Coming up, a Red Sea night dive with unwary
sleeping fish….and a hunting moray eel! Welcome to Jonathan Bird’s Blue World! Nobody is quite sure how the Red Sea got its
name, but if you look underwater, the reason might be the abundance of color on the reefs. The Red Sea is on every scuba diver’s bucket
list. Todd, Bill and I head to Egypt for the trip
of a lifetime to dive the Red Sea. We board the liveaboard dive boat Seawolf
and set out on a voyage of adventure. Our dives are spectacular. We see dolphins, sea turtles, and stingrays,
not to mention colorful reefs and breathtaking coral caverns. But once the sun goes down, we are ready to
see what’s happening on the reefs at night. Cameraman Bill and I suit up for a night dive! You would think that night diving would be
scary, but believe it or not, once you get down there, it’s a lot of fun! Woo hoo! Bill and I hit the water, to go see what we
can find on the reef after dark. Immediately we notice a lot of plankton in
the water. Plankton comes up from the depths at night,
so the animals that feed on plankton also get active at night, like the moon jelly,
catching plankton in its short tentacles. A small school of fish is scurrying around
grabbing plankton. The coral polyps down on the reef open up
at night to catch plankton too. A basket star spreads its net of arms into
the current to catch plankton. These animals are super sensitive to light. As I come in close with my video camera, the
basket star begins to fold its arms up. During the day, these animals curl up into
a tiny ball and hide in the reef. Speaking of hiding in the reef, most reef
fish are diurnal—meaning they’re active during the day. At night they sleep. A parrotfish is catching some Zs. Without eyelids, the fish may look awake,
but it’s not. A lizardfish looks ready to pounce, but not
really. Watch for the eyes to move. There, now my video lights are waking it up. Lionfish are typically most active during
the day, but they are opportunistic. They have been known to hunt by divers’
lights. A sea urchin is combing the surface of the
sand for food, protected by its venomous spines. This is a nocturnal animal—active at night. It buries itself in the sand and hides during
the day. Also roaming the sand, another nocturnal animal,
a red nudibranch called a Spanish Dancer. This nudibranch—the size of a shoe–is basically
a snail without a shell. And it has a hitchhiker, a tiny imperial shrimp,
hanging on for a free ride, and picking the sand for food as the Spanish Dancer cruises
along. Nearby, on the reef, one of the nocturnal
reef predators has come out. An octopus eyes me suspiciously, unsure if
I am to be trusted. I hold really still and try not to present
a threat. The octopus changes color to match the reef,
and goes hunting. The octopus has amazing camouflage capabilities,
able to change not just color but also skin texture, from smooth to wrinkled, as it moves
over different parts of the reef. Sometimes it moves with jet propulsion, swimming
up into the water over the reef to look for a good place to land for hunting. Then it proceeds to move along the reef, sticking
its 8 arms into different holes and cracks, trying to grab something that might make a
good dinner, like a fish or a crab. No place is very safe from an octopus. Finally the octopus has grabbed a crab. With the crab tightly held in its arms, the
octopus squirts it way to a private place to eat its meal. Another nocturnal predator is out too. A moray eel slithers its way through the reef
searching for food in the same way as the octopus. Sleeping fish tend to hide in holes in the
reef. But the moray eel is perfectly designed to
reach into these hiding places and grab fish that never see the moray coming. Still, it’s not as easy as it sounds. Not every hole has a fish, and lots of fish
get away. Sometimes though, you get lucky. A fish sleeping in plain sight. As much as it struggles, this fish is not
going to get away. The teeth of the moray are shaped like needles
and point backwards into its mouth. Like the barbs on a fish hook, they prevent
pretty much anything from escaping. This fish is dinner. Night diving is always fascinating. I don’t think I’ve ever had a bad night
dive, and the Red Sea certainly hasn’t disappointed me when it comes to night diving action. An octopus hunting and a moray catching a
fish were certainly highlights of the dive, and that shows that you just never know what
you will see when you drop into the water and have a look. At night especially, it’s an amazing Blue
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52 thoughts on “Red Sea Night Dive! | JONATHAN BIRD’S BLUE WORLD

  1. Thank you for sharing your adventures to the world! As someone who cannot properly equalize, I cannot scuba dive more than 3 meters but whenever I’m watching your videos I feel like I’m actually diving with you guys 💕 God bless and keep on being a blessing to other people 😊

  2. You should try to dive at shallow water at night when the moon is full in the sky, close the lights and everything is in black and white like movie in the 60’s

  3. I like ur video and ur energy and made laugh about us being scared of dive in night i subs&liked ur video mate🤗thnx very much God bless you

  4. Thank you for this. I am terrified beyond belief of the deep sea, but eternally curious and grateful for people like you 🙂
    Ps: youtube recommended is on 🔥

  5. I’m from Egypt on Thursday I’m going to travel to Egypt and I’m gonna dive in the Red Sea with my dad,mom and sis I hope to see sharks,dolphins etc and everything in the Red Sea IM SO EXITED!!!!!!!😆😆😆😆😆😆

  6. THANK YOU! I've been in love with the ocean nearly all my life and for some stupid reason, I never tried scuba diving till a few weeks ago. I was so mind blown that I did the same introduction dive the following day :). Now I've signed up for my Advanced open water course and hopefully will be doing MANY dives soon :).
    I've watched a LOT of your videos and it actually motivated me to start my own channel to show people more of the beauty of Egypt and it's sea life :). I hope one day you come to Egypt again and if I'm lucky I can get to meet you. Thanks again for all the amazing videos and the things I learned from it.

  7. How is that this channel only has 500k subscribors when they make actuall content, that only 1 percent of the worlds population gets to see in person. Meanwhile pewdiepie and Jake Paul have millions.

    Millenials suck.

  8. Thanks for the high quality diving videos. Always really enjoying watching. These became my go to watching in the morning while getting ready for work! It strangely gives me positive energy for a busy day!

  9. probably that fish is drunk, forgot to enter its house and unfornately slept outside and become an easy target fo that eel.🤔🙁 anyways! thanks for this great video! 💕

  10. Johnathan, you’ve captured the spirit of Jaques Cousteau. Your photography is amazingly good, and I’m noticing myself spontaneously saying “wow!” out loud often during your videos. That’s saying a lot after everything I’ve been through. When I’m with you on a dive I feel like a kid again, watching a wildlife show on a Sunday night brought to me by Mutual of Omaha. You really have something special going on here. Thank you for all the hard work and travel, for risking your life and making it look fun. This is for you: https://youtu.be/kwgSs4NFXL8

  11. In Australia we nick name the fish that the eel caught a Happy Moment due to how excruciating the pain from its spines are.

  12. Red Sea is really rich. Here in Sharma where Neom is going to be developed the sea here has a lot of fish of different variety

  13. Amazing all these animals, & the food chain with humans on the top of it ! And still we are abusing it by pollution and over fishing, unbalancing the eco system

  14. Jonathan you have to dive with me iwill show you amazing thing yiu ever never see all your live me mohanad iam professioal free diving spear fishing iam sorry you do t like me but itold you truth 00966500689029

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