Red Sea Diving Adventure! | JONATHAN BIRD’S BLUE WORLD

Coming up, Jonathan rides a camel, and witnesses
a dolphin pooping! Welcome to Jonathan Bird’s Blue World! The Red Sea is known to divers all over the
world as one of the places you absolutely must visit. It has a reputation for clear water and absolutely
breathtaking reefs. So Cameramen Todd and Bill are joining me
in Egypt for a Red Sea dive trip! And, if you are going all the way to Egypt,
you really ought to see the pyramids. So as our first adventure, we grab a cab to
Giza on the outskirts of Cairo, where we do the tourist thing and take a horse and buggy
to a place where we can try riding camels. Clearly, Cameraman Todd is not an experienced
camel rider. Then our guides lead us out into the desert. We’re riding camels…to the pyramids! I’ve seen a million pictures of the pyramids
in my life, but I never expected I would get to see them in person! As we ride closer and closer, their true size
becomes visible. Walking around the grounds, it’s hard to
believe that people built these completely by hand. We visit the Sphinx, which is very impressive—and
popular. It’s crowded. And then later that night we walk around Cairo
to check out the local scene. But then, some bad news. So, due to some problems with Egyptian Customs,
we missed our flight from Cairo down to Marsa Alam, but it’s okay because instead we’re
driving across Egypt from Cairo to Marsa Alam, seven hours of sightseeing…and it’s going
to be fabulous! Oh and we have no air conditioning! Our dive boat embarkes from Marsa Alam, 730
kilometers (that’s 450 miles) from Cairo. We hire a driver and begin a drive across
the desert! Todd and Bill are making the most of it while
our driver focuses on the road. We pass a lot of wind turbines. It’s nice to see Egypt using their substantial
wind to make electricity. After a while, we reach the coast and drive
a road where the mountains meet the Red Sea, and it’s starkly beautiful. Finally, nine hours after we left Cairo, we
reach our dive boat at the marina in Marsa Alam. We board the Seawolf for a week of diving
the remote southern waters of the Red Sea. Because the boat is not full, I get my own
cabin, so I can unpack all my gear everywhere. The next morning we depart for our adventure,
sailing out of the marina, past shallow reefs and out into blue water. We’re heading south to the very southern
end of Egypt, to find some of the most pristine reefs in the Red Sea! It’s a few hours before we reach our first
dive site. The crew puts an inflatable in the water to
help tie up the boat. They are securing the boat to Elphinstone
Reef, a famous dive site. Rather than use anchors, which damage coral,
the boat is tied to a mooring, which is permanently attached to the reef. The captain maintains the Seawolf in position
while they get it tied up. Reefs in this part of the Red Sea rise to
within a meter of the surface from depths of about 30 meters. These tall reefs are called “bommies.” Before our dive, we get a briefing, which
is where they tell you all the exotic things they have ever seen at the site that you will
probably never see. And of course, some local conditions and currents. Then it’s time to suit up! I hit the water, followed by Todd and Bill,
and the first thing we see in the clear blue water is jellyfish! These are moon jellies, harmless to people
and beautiful to film. Before we even get below the surface, a pod
of Bottlenosed dolphins comes over to check us out! They aren’t really interested in playing
with us, but they stick around for a few minutes. They’re accompanied by an Oceanic Whitetip
shark. Ever wondered what it looks like when a dolphin
poops? Well, here you go! That was awesome! Once the dolphins wander off, we sink down
to the reef and I can’t believe the colors. The Red Sea is known for gorgeous soft corals
in pastel colors, and this is certainly no disappointment. As I swim along the wall of coral I am just
taking in how beautiful these reefs are. These lush reefs also provide the ideal habitat
for tons of small fish. Small fish called anthias are everywhere. Their colors—orange, pink and purple–almost
mimic the colors of the soft coral. Everywhere I go, I swim through clouds of
these little fish. In the overhangs there are schools of glassfish. These reefs are extremely healthy and vibrant,
and everywhere I swim there are anthias by the millions. Some of the coral on this reef is actually
a mustard-colored hydroid called fire coral. It’s not a true coral. If you look closely, you can see what looks
like hairs. It may look soft and fuzzy, but fire coral
is bad news if you rub your skin against it. Those hairs are stingers and believe me this
stuff is no fun at all. There are not many large animals around, but
I find a Whitetip Reef shark resting on the sand under an overhang. Nearby, a dead surgeonfish with a bite out
of it is jammed into the reef. It was the victim of a hungry moray eel, which
no doubt bit the fish but couldn’t manage to pull it back into its den. A moon jelly has drifted over to the reef,
where a pair of damselfish are nibbling on it. The reef is a bad place for a jelly. As we rise to the surface at the end of the
dive, we come across a school of fusilier feeding on plankton. Until something frightens them. Finally it’s time to get out of the water. Woo! Soon the captain is moving the boat to our
next dive site! Don’t go away! On the next dive, Jonathan is going to explore
some coral caverns! For our second Red Sea dive, we will dive
from an inflatable because we are going to a spot that the big boat can’t reach. We have to time our water entry carefully
so we all roll in together and drift with the current to the reef. But the reward is an even more spectacular
reef. This particular spot has tons of reef swim-throughs. Todd, Bill and I have a blast swimming into
them and exploring. They feel a little bit like caves. They are formed when reefs grow together above,
like a canopy in a forest. But there are tons of openings to let in light
and allow divers to leave, so this is not cave diving. I call them coral caverns. Still, swimming through these passages, with
shafts of light twinkling around me is a surreal experience. On the sand outside the coral caverns, a Blue-spotted
stingray is also feeding. He digs into the sand and vacuums out worms
and clams. Stingrays have a stinger on their tail, used
for defense. After a few minutes, we start making our way
back to the boat. At the top of the reef, we find a Hawksbill
Sea turtle looking for something to eat. Hawksbills eat things that most animals could
never digest, like sponges, crinoids and in this case, soft coral. It doesn’t look particularly appetizing. Finally we surface at the inflatable. As the sun goes down, I reflect upon the day. The reefs of the Red Sea are truly astonishing
and they definitely live up to their reputation. I can hardly wait to see what they look like
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100 thoughts on “Red Sea Diving Adventure! | JONATHAN BIRD’S BLUE WORLD

  1. Hi Jonathan! Just got back from a month in the red sea. I've dived there many times. Love your videography and the show. If you were there in port ghalib at the same time I would have loved to have gone diving with you and your team!

  2. I love the ocean scuba diving looks really fun and I’m asking my mom to see if she can let me take scuba diving classes but there aren’t any opportunities for scuba diving classes in Illinois and most of them are in Chicago and I live in the Central area of Illinois and there’s one in that area which is 40 minutes South from me and I want to scuba dive so whenever I get my filming career when I graduate College which is several years from now I want to film underwater scenes when I make giant monster movies

  3. Holly carp, you went to see the perimids and the only commont was"I can't believe they built these by hands“???

  4. from Egyptian man to @JONATHAN BIRD & the amazing blue world team, thank you so much for this amazing video, you showed some of us some amazing things in our country, but am so upset that i didn't have the chance to see you in egypt s am working in the airport, will be happy to give any help to you or your team next time and invite you to drink and eat some egyptian food , love you all, Shokran habibi

  5. Wow. Thank you Jonathan for these amazing videos. I haven't dove for more than a year already and I miss the sea so much. Watching your videos makes me feel a less little lonely and inspires me to dive soon when I can. <3

  6. I can see why the little jellyfish wouldn’t wanna be in the reef. Jellyfish can’t move on they’re own so they rely on the currents to help them move. When it was in the reef that meant it was out of the current and unable to move quickly

  7. I was in Egypt on a liveaboard at the end of August too..think youll find if you flew to Hurghada or Marsa they would be much more understanding about your camera..

  8. I couldn't help but notice that the guides chose to ride horses instead of camels to the pyramids. hmmm. maybe they know something tourists don't.

  9. hey blueworld i have a question how do u manage such amazing whitebalance, ? do u edit after or is it build in the camera 🙂

  10. I’m heading there myself at the end of April, my first proper diving trip since I qualified back in July, words cannot describe how hyped I am. If this footage is anything to go by, I have a LOT to look forward to.

  11. Hey Jon, I’m a long time fan of your show. As an Egyptian I am very glad to see this episode. I have a question, that second reef is Daedalus right?

    You need to do an episode on wrecks in the Egyptian sea, especially on Thistlegorm.

  12. I actually became interested in the ocean because I played the game Endless Ocean 5 years ago. I’ll still play it sometimes and I play the second game all the time. And I’m very glad I played it because I realized that the ocean is SO FREAKING AWESOME! And I discovered this channel!

  13. Just dove the Red Sea in Sharm El is so freaking awesome..
    BUT, i cannot put it in passing Palau my number one place..
    red sea is so cool…
    #1 Palau
    #2 Barrier Reef Aussie
    # Red sea..
    #4 sorry Philippines, you just drop.

    And yes, what is up with all the check point in Egypt, driving from Sharm to Cairo
    Was cool under the canal tunnel… many check point, men with gun full tactical..WFT..
    was lucky i had my visa and stamp..ouch if not..

    Any divers must have Red sea under their belt..
    love ur video'

  14. I took my diving licence in Marsa Alam and first open dive after I got the licence I went to the elfint stone with my instructor and the moment we went in there was a tiger shark

  15. I loved the two different whitetips you featured!!! Perhaps add the difference between to sharky academy. You could do at least two: whitetip reef & oceanic whitetip being one, & tiger, sand tiger & nurse being the other!!! Sharky xxx… Lol, you & your friends heehee!!! Anyway, some gorgeous mals & reefs in there!!! Lol dolphin poo!!! Wonder what fish eat that??? Moon jellies are harmless to us you say??? Can't be many jellies who are harmless. Also, seeing the stingray was great!!!

  16. Those 2 fish that are nibbling at the moon jelly are the Auriga Butterflies aka Threaded Butterfly. Not Damsels.

  17. Last place i dived was the Red Sea. Lovely corals at Elphinstone Reef with beautiful Oceanic Whitetip Sharks. The reef is like a cliff wall going into the ocean depths. ☺

  18. Great video ! Truly enjoyed it. I was born and raised in Cairo but left several decades ago. I am sorry you had problems with the customs but you took it well and filmed a stunning video. I dove as deep as I could hold my breath in the Red Sea when I was very young and in a few parts of the Mediterranean that offered very good visibility. At that easy depth colors retain their vibrancy. This video brought back memories. I snorkeled in a few spots near Malibu and Catalina island but quite frankly missed the very clear waters of the Red Sea. Thank you for bringing back memories ! I wish you safe travels !

  19. lyretail anthias, i have five of them in my reef tank. the males turn the purplish color… the fish eating the jelly are butterfly fish not damsels

  20. Wow another awesome video Sir Jonathan! Huge thanks for bringing us to the deep blue sea. Pls keep safe always and God bless!???

  21. I’ve read a book that tells egyptians used to have a colossal fish or monster around the dead sea. They feed on dead humans they throw it on the dead sea. That’s why it’s called dead sea. Idk but thats what i read correct me if im wrong

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