Sharks at the Florida Aquarium | JONATHAN BIRD’S BLUE WORLD


Coming up, Jonathan visits the Florida Aquarium
in Tampa where he meets Theo the pelican, and dives with the sharks! Welcome to Jonathan Bird’s Blue World! There are a lot of great attractions in Florida
and they’re not all in Orlando. I’m in Tampa at the Florida Aquarium and
this place is incredible! The Florida Aquarium is hard to miss, with
its giant glass roof allowing natural light into a huge wetlands exhibit. I’m meeting up with Associate Curator Eric
Hovland for a tour of the facility. Hey Eric! Hey Jonathan! How are you? Doing terrific! Welcome to the Florida Aquarium. Thank you, what are we going to do today? We’re going to experience the entire aquarium
from the mangrove forest all the way to the coral reefs, and we’re going to get you
in the water with my favorite animal, Sand Tiger sharks! Alright, let’s go! Let’s go get wet. Our first stop on the tour is the mangrove
forest. And you’re going to see a mangrove forest
in here that we have grown from propagules to now, where it’s pushing against the ceiling. This healthy mangrove survives entirely on
natural light. Now we’re going to come over to some alligators. Look at that dude, huh? Yeah, they’re beautiful girls. What’s really great, is when you think about
them, you can relate their behavior more and more to birds. They nest, they care for their young, they
have mating calls, the young call to their mother to un-nest them (to help them out of
the nest) and they protect their young for a bit while they’re young. Within the mangrove exhibit, we also meet
the American River Otters, who are full of energy. We have Otto, he’s the elder. He is 20 years old now. That’s one of the oldest otters—American
River Otters—that you will see in any aquarium or zoo environment. And look right around the corner here to Theo. Hey Theo! Theo is a young Brown Pelican. He’s still getting to know everybody. He has been with us now a couple of months. He’s very curious. Does he just walk around like he owns the
place? Yeah, because he does own the place! It’s here for him. Yup, and then he will be back up in his habitat
before we open up our doors. But now it’s time to go check out my habitat. There are lots of smaller exhibits featuring
things like octopods, pipefish and seahorses, jellies, and bottom-dwelling animals like
slipper lobsters and batfish. Larger exhibits have tarpon, goliath groupers,
and sea turtles among other things. But the largest exhibit, the Coral Reef Habitat,
has half a million gallons of seawater… Wow, look at this! That is cool! …and Sand Tiger sharks. Woo, I want this in my living room! Hey what’s up dude? He’s like “look at me, look at me! I’m cool, I’m a shark!” I mean look at that smile, there’s like
five smiles in there…rows and rows of smiles. A lot of folks think…why aren’t those
sharks eating everything in there? And it’s kind of the same thing as us. You eat when you need to and when food is
available to you. We target feed the animals. We feed our turtle at one station, our Sand
Tigers at another, our ‘cuda, our eels, everybody. They all have their place at the table. And really they have their needs met, and
they have the space to explore for their stimulation and wellness. It’s important for all of them. We take it very seriously, the care and wellness
of our animals and to be able to be involved from the very beginning. We know their history, we know that they’re
brought out of sustainable areas, with science that backs that up, to show that we are doing
this environmentally soundly, and it lets us share a part of Florida that even Floridians
don’t get to see, much less the 800,000 or so people that come here every year, to
visit the Florida Aquarium. The guests will come and see our sharks and
not just see sharks, but see our divers and our guest divers interacting in the water
safely, and having a great time with sharks, and it can really change that mentality of
“shark-infested waters.” I like to think “shark-enhanced waters”
you know? You are excited and lucky to see a shark in
the wild, that’s a good sign. And if you can see people interacting with
sharks and our turtle and everybody else in here, you can even take a chance to hop in
the water yourself, with our Swim-With-A-Shark program, or dive with the sharks program we
have here and get to know them yourself, up close and personal. And now its time for me to get up close and
personal with the sharks—on a dive in the habitat! First, Cameraman Todd and I head over to the
briefing room to sign some waivers, and get a quick lesson in how the dive is conducted. Then its time to head to the dive platform. Todd and I each have a dive buddy from the
aquarium dive staff. Todd and his buddy Wayne Philibert are gearing
up first. Then Wayne demonstrates the proper technique
for entering the water. Now you might notice that they are entering
into a shark cage. This isn’t to protect them from sharks,
but to protect the habitat from potentially inexperienced divers. Once they are in the water with their buoyancy
under control, Todd and Wayne can exit the cage. Next it’s my turn. I follow my dive buddy Jamie Cairney into
the water. Like a bad ‘70s movie: There’s already
sharks circling the cage!! Jamie and I submerge, and exit to the shark-enhanced
waters! If you think the view from outside the glass
is good, you should see how amazing the view is from inside! Many of the fish in here have become fond
of the tickling feel of sand being sprinkled on them. When Jamie starts playing with the sand, fish
come in from all directions. But the Goliath grouper likes the feel of
bubbles on his lips. I think the barracuda is jealous! It seems we have become part of the exhibit. Leaving our grouper buddy behind, we sneak
down a hidden passage to find the resident green moray eel. Then back out into the main section of the
exhibit to film some sharks. Sand Tigers are perfect for aquaria because
the teeth look really scary but in reality the sharks are totally docile. And since the reef itself is made of fiberglass,
I have a nice place to sit and enjoy the view. There’s also a resident nurse shark. They don’t swim around too much, so I’m
lucky to catch this one making a pass by the camera. In many aquaria, the fish just swim in circles,
but the complex shape of this exhibit, encourages the animals to swim in all different directions. I wave to Zach filming from outside as I make
my way to the observation tunnel. The sharks love to make passes by this tunnel,
much to the delight of the guests. And boy do they come close to my camera! A Southern stingray is a little confused because
we’re blocking the normal path. Eventually it’s time to head back up to
the surface. I give a wave to the kids as I head over to
the steps. Well that was the fishiest dive ever! There are more fish in here than you will
see in the ocean in about 3 or 4 dives! The Florida Aquarium in Tampa is a spectacular
glimpse into the underwater world. Their exhibits cover a range of habitats from
fresh water to salt and include a lot of wildlife native to Florida. And you don’t have to be special to dive
in their Coral Reef Habitat with the sharks. Any certified diver can participate in this
program—and it’s an incredible way to encounter a wide variety of life in the Blue
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100 thoughts on “Sharks at the Florida Aquarium | JONATHAN BIRD’S BLUE WORLD

  1. Hi Jonathan. Great Vid. I really want you guys to do a video with the Chattanooga aquarium in Tennessee. That would be amazing.

  2. Hey Jonathan next time you dive the National Aquarium in Baltimore please dive in Black tip reef, from what I hear it is magnificent!

  3. Did you just imply that Jaws was bad? How dare you sir! ? Dislike. Unsubscribe.

    Just kidding. Jaws is a great movie though

  4. Great video as always! Hope next one doesn't show animals in captivity, and instead in their natural habitat!

  5. Do all sharks have to move to breath? I think that’s how great whites do but is this the same for other species?

  6. Always beautiful to watch! ??Fantastic video, and congrats on 500k subscribers! Can't wait for the day you reach 1 million!

  7. Truly enjoyed this video. Loved seeing the many sea creatures, but, also aquarium equipment areas that people don't normally get to see. Really riveting video. Keep 'em coming guys!

  8. To change how people's perspective on sharks by interacting is nice. People can tell other people what they saw and even post it online for many to see.

  9. I need a "Shark Enhanced Waters" t-shirt. I have wanted to do a dive in a shark tank at some point, my local aquarium has one

  10. Earlier today at school I was in the hallway going back to my classroom and I walked passed another classroom and I saw that they were watching one of your videos it was super funny ?

  11. The funny thing about crocodilians is that they're more closely related to birds than lizards. Birds and alligators are both archosaurs, as were non-avian dinosaurs, while lizards are in the Squamata, another order of reptiles. So it's really not that odd that alligators build nests much like a bird.

  12. Wow! I went diving at an aquarium near me with black tip reef sharks ?, as well as zebra sharks and the fish do the same thing with the sand when divers are in. You are extremely inspirational and your channel is simply amazing!
    Edit: Thank you so much Jonathan!

  13. At 9:55 -You’re complimentary diver from the aquarium was getting pretty anxious if you observe his hand. No disrespect however, I wouldn’t be in there to begin with.

  14. Jonathan can you please do the Monterey Bay Aquarium for your next Aquarium episode. That a great aquarium to bring this show to.

  15. Just recently I had a unique experience with a shark. I was at deer field beach kayaking with my friends and family when a small wave nocked me clear off of my kayak.The water was clear and shallow so I could stand up. I looked around, my kayak had been taken a lot shallower by the waves, so I made my way towards my half sunken kayak. When I finally put my hand on the kayak i could hear people screaming from the shore. So I slowly walked towards the people. They told me that five seconds ago there was a shark right were you were standing. So I looked around ( keep in mind that I was waist deep and 10 feet away from the shore) there it was a 8-9ft shark slowly crushing towards me. I for some reason was not scared(maybe I was in shock I don’t remember it to clearly) so I slowly pattled towards shore thinking it was a tarpon or nurse shark. When I got to the shore the people were screaming and pointing at the slow crushing shark. In my opinion the shark just wanted to say HELLO

  16. I'm a diver at Adventure Aquarium in Camden, NJ. It is a volunteer position and I absolutely love it. Been doing it for over 3 years now. We've got two big exhibits: ocean realm and shark realm. Ocean realm is 760,000 gallons and has a great hammerhead shark as its primary attraction. His name is Anchor. The exhibit also has some silky sharks, Queensland groupers, loggerhead turtles, green turtles, multiple types of rays and various schooling fish. Shark realm is 550,000 gallons and has quite a few shark species including sand tigers, sandbars, black tips and a nurse shark. Besides those two exhibits, I also dive the hippo tank (where Jenny and Buttons spend their days), the shipwreck where our moray eel makes his home, and the penguin playground. Talk about amazing experiences!

    Random note: my name is also Jonathan and I attended WPI, too. Really is a small, blue world!

  17. These animals belong into the wild and not a small glass box! No Aquarium is big enough for sharks.

  18. Why on season one blueworldtv videos why your scuba gear was rebreather why now you dont wear rebreather?

  19. Can you make film in San Antonio Northern Samar Philippines there are so many creatures there I promise you will not regret it

  20. Could you please try to dive in a Da Vinci Diving suit?
    If see fit, check out my channel a sketch of the suit.

  21. Im still a BIG FAN but I forgot about this channel but i have remembered u so I typed one of ur vids i have been ur fan since 3-4 years love your vids

  22. That's an awesome aquarium and another great video Jonathan. I was in Florida once but I didn't know about there. Next time I'm in Florida I'll visit there. I'll tell them you sent me, maybe I'll get to dive there.

  23. Why is`nt Jonathan Bird on Guinnies World Record Book for the worlds BEST YouTuber In The WORLD?!!

  24. I won't forget how your videos helped me fighting the fear of sharks. No dramas, no useless climax, just a natural narration and amazing shots. Simple yet beautiful 🙂

  25. I love that aquarium!!! But I've only ever been when it was packed! How did you manage a low traffic day?

  26. I went paddle boating where my beach was and it was known for how many bull sharks where there so we went out there and for a surprise a fish was being chased by a bull shark and I was totally in shock to see that even in the mucky water you could still see the body of the shark

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