Philippines Muck Diving at Night! | JONATHAN BIRD’S BLUE WORLD


Coming up, a spooky muck dive at night in
the Philippines with a cannibal crab, and much more! Welcome to Jonathan Bird’s Blue World! I love filming interesting and unusual marine
life. Some of the most amazing marine life can be
found on sandy,or muddy sea floors. This environment, without rocks or reefs for
shelter and protection, forces animals to develop creative ways of evading predators
and catching food. In the diving world, these habitats are jokingly
known as muck. So this kind of diving is called muck diving. And some of the best muck diving in the world,
can be found in the Philippines. I have come to the Atlantis Dive Resort in
Dumaguete for some amazing muck diving. The dive sites are only minutes from our beautiful
beachfront resort. I’ve already done a few muck dives and seen
some really interesting animals, but tonight, I’m going to go see what can be found after
dark. Woo! I’m going to go for a night dive! You’ve heard of muck diving. You’ve heard of night diving. This is night muck diving, and it’s going
to be fabulous! Woo hoo! I grab my camera and sink down to the shallow
sea floor covered in sea grass. Immediately I spot a small cuttlefish hiding
behind a fan algae. Looking like two tufts of poofy algae, a pair
of Ambon Scorpionfish are easily missed if they don’t move. Luckily for them, plankton and tiny shrimp
are attracted to my dive lights, like moths to a flame. As I move in for a shot of the scorpionfish,
they feast on the shrimp that I bring to them. Not everyone loves my lights. A crab is trying to get away from me for some
privacy. It has caught a smaller crab for dinner. It’s a crab-eat-crab world. Cannibalism is alive and well in the muck. Nearby, an orange sponge. And on it, a tiny frogfish, no bigger than
a thumb. With a lure the size of a sewing needle, this
little frogfish is hoping to attract some tiny prey. Missed. Got one! Got another one. On the sandy slope, I discover a tiny section
of coral reef. And on the coral, a larger frogfish, on the
prowl for a good hunting spot. Swimming is not the frogfish’s forté. Back out on the sand, I find a Bobtail squid,
which is technically a tiny cuttlefish. He too is preparing to hunt, with a stealthy
muck camouflage. A train of three sea hares, a type of nudibranch
is crawling along. I have no idea what is going on here, but
I’m betting it is related to reproduction. Nudibranchs are everywhere I look! Nudibranch means naked-gill, and this is a
perfect example. The tuft of leafy projections are the gills. Then I find a Murex snail cruising across
the muck. While I have seen the shells in museums, this
is the first time I have ever seen a living specimen. This predatory snail has spikes on its shell
for protection while it hunts for clams. It drills a hole through the clam shell and
then sucks it guts out! This is one tough customer! The Murex’s cousin, the Tiger Cowrie, is
a snail with a different life strategy. It extends its mantle like a skin over its
shell, to keep the shell clean and prevent parasites like barnacles from hanging on. Beneath the mantle is a shiny, smooth shell. This snail eats algae and sponges. Nearby, another clam-eater. The Smooth box crab uses mighty claws to crush
its prey. Then poops it out. Another crab, another strategy. This hermit crab not only has a strong snail
shell for protection, but a crop of powerful, stinging anemones living on the shell. It’s a lot of baggage to carry around, but
with this defense mechanism, the crab is afraid of nothing. One zap from the anemone tentacles is enough
to scare off a moray eel. Take that! But that doesn’t mean that morays are pushovers. A moray on the hunt is a formidable predator. With a slippery and maneuverable body, the
moray can investigate every crack in the reef for a sleeping fish. Almost no place is safe. But the octopus is the master of grabbing
fish from their hiding places. With eight busy arms, every single crack and
hiding spot will be checked. Aha! Got something! Now to find some dessert! A blue Linckia sea star is slowly cruising
along the bottom, munching on algae. But look closer and he has a moocher. A tiny shrimp that lives its whole life on
the sea sea star eating its mucous and droppings. Because there isn’t much reef around, the
fish that live here often have to sleep right out in the open. They rely on the cover of darkness for safety. Lots of animals that feed on plankton, like
crinoids and brittle stars, come out at night because the plankton comes up from the depths. A tube anemone snares plankton with sticky
tentacles, as does orange cup coral. A pair of striped catfish are foraging for
shrimp in the sand using their chemosenstive whiskers called barbels to detect hiding prey. They are not aggressive towards people, but
this is one fish to leave alone. They have a very powerful slime on a spine
in their dorsal fin, which is toxic to humans. As I head back to the boat at the end of the
dive, I’m visited by a curious sea turtle who seems to be interested in the excitement. But once he figures out that it’s just some
boring guy with a camera, he swims back into the darkness. A night dive makes you work up an appetite. Soon it’s back to the resort for some dinner. Woo hoo, that was awesome. My dive buddies Marty Snyderman and Cameraman
Zach had a great time too. Muck diving is one of my favorite activities,
because you just never know what crazy animals you are going to find. And at night, the action continues with a
different cast of characters all going about their business. Night diving might be a little spooky, but
it’s a fascinating way to explore the Blue World. Hey Everyone, thanks for watching our latest episode
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100 thoughts on “Philippines Muck Diving at Night! | JONATHAN BIRD’S BLUE WORLD

  1. You should also try diving here @Badian Island Cebu Philippines , my family loves to watch your channel ? thanks!

  2. What an awesome documentary on our country’s marine life! Keep it up man! Having fun watching it all! ???

  3. Hey jonanthan im from dumaguete also and yes i love your videos it makes me strong to dive again! Thank you.!

  4. Hey! I've tried so hard messaging u then to have a megalodon tooth huhu i hope you'll notice me some day cause i think that it's so cool so does your channel. Im from the Philippines ?❤??

  5. After i went to Philippines i tell myself that once i get back into America i would watch some ocean documentaries, this video is one goodway to stary it.

  6. Philippines is is the center of marine biodiversity in the earth if you check island to island lots of marine living things you can explore

  7. First time ever seen a crab pooping ? I love your work Jonathan, channel amazing keep up the absolute amazing work !

  8. I believe I've muck dived around there before. Not at the resort but at the national park near by.
    And it was great. Lots of pipe fish, Scorpion fish and a flamboyant cuttle fish.
    The Philippines are great! Lovely people and some of the best diving.

  9. You probably won’t see this, but you inspired me to become a marine biologist, and I am now a scuba diver thanks to you!

  10. I feels like when you go dive in every sea you temporarily forget what country is it because it's a Blueworld, Welcome to the Philippines, Hope you visit the Romblon Seas too 😀

  11. Go to the gumasa in mindanao lots of beautiful marine life. Its in Saragani province. Y'all love the beach to

  12. Dumaguete is one of my most favorite places for snorkeling and free diving~ This is amazing! I only ever get to go during the day. Thank you for the night view~ 😀

  13. Im so happy to see a sea turtle in the wild.. Its so sad that their population is rapidly declining

  14. oh ohh ohhhh, ya came to the philippines? awesome. i really wanna try driving but im stuck at the moment????????

  15. hi Jonathan!! My family and I are going to the Philippines Dumaguete island, Can I have any suggestions before I go? Thank you

  16. I really love watching your vids! You became my new inspiration in pursuing my dream career. Thank you for your informational videos as well. ❤️

  17. I knew the first video I have watched is very interesting “Aquanauts” I subbed after the the entire video and search other related one and found this. I wish many Filipinos will be able to see these lovely under water world creatures further, to be able to know that down there are more colorful than the one on land.

    Thank you for visiting our country?? and I hope you continue to educate and inspire other people to take care the world we’re living in.

  18. I have one philipines fish name 1.Bangus maybe alot 2.alimango 3. Hipon im from philipines dont judge me

  19. You can go to cebu to go whale shark scuba diving its fun steps 1. Get scuba gear 2. Read rules dont kick the whale shark 3. Wait 4. Go to bamboo supported boat or for filipinos reading bangka 5. Jump of the boat with scuba gear and water proof camera 6 dont step on anything toxic or shocks no cage needed

  20. Your videos make me less afraid of creatures found under the water. 🙂 My husband and I continue to enjoy them. Keep it up!

  21. Too much divers in visayas…yet no divers has gone first to the island of mindanao…..someone must try.the untouched seaworld of mindanao.specially in labason.where oarfish did sometimes appeared

  22. Thank you for exploring our island 🙂

    And TRY VISITING kamotes and bantayan island and see what you can find

  23. Wow another awesome video from my idol diver Sir Jonathan ?
    Thanks for visiting again my beloved country Philippines.?
    Keep safe and enjoy! God bless

  24. Master Jonathan…u also can muck diving at Manado,Lembeh Island…a lot of unic creatures there…I love red tiny seahorse..?

  25. Great video….??? It was soooo cool to see Jonathan and his team on Dumaguete airport in june this year…I love your videos?

  26. Hey, if you are going to Philippines again, go to Stilts in Calatagan, Batangas. Its beautiful there, and when you go diving you could see 2 huge corals! You could also see alot of fishes there, its really nice diving there. I love your videos, keep up the good work!

  27. We have hundreds and thousands of island here in the Philippines Mr.Jonathan and it is a safe place for you to do your film/vlog if you want a new discovery to presents to your viewers. love from Philippines?

  28. Hi jonathan i love watching your videos. Thanks for these beautiful shots i never know we have this sea animals in the Philippines.
    I wish filipinos has respect to the ocean. Over fishing is our problem here small fishes are being caught.

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