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Shark Island, Oman! | JONATHAN BIRD’S BLUE WORLD

September 12, 2019


Coming up, Jonathan investigates the waters
around Shark Island in Oman! Welcome to Jonathan Bird’s Blue World! There are places in the world known for fantastic
scuba diving—places like the Philippines and Bonaire, the Bahamas and the Red Sea. But sometimes you want an adventure off the
beaten path to someplace that not many people have explored. It is with this sense of adventure that Cameraman
Bill and I are heading to the Sultanate of Oman, to dive the western Indian Ocean. We’re staying at the swanky Civil Aviation
Club in Oman’s capital of Muscat. But it’s the middle of summer, and the place
is deserted. It’s really hot. We have the beach to ourselves. The dive shop trailers the boat to the water
with us aboard, and soon we are on our way. Woo! That breeze feels good! Today, we’re heading 5 kilometers offshore
to a fantastic limestone island, called Al Fahal, which means Shark. It’s shark island—so obviously we hope
to see some sharks! We suit up and hit the water, which is quite
warm near the surface. And full of fish. Our divemaster Ali is leading the way to the
deepest part of our dive—a small shipwreck. On the way, I come across a cuttlefish, but
it’s not in the mood for hanging around. We pass a fisherman’s lost net, suspended
in mid-water by its floats. Soon I see why. Not far away is the shipwreck. This boat was scuttled as an artificial reef
to attract fish for the local fishermen. And it works well. Placed on an empty section of sandy sea floor,
the wreck provides hiding places for fish, and soon it’s like an oasis in the desert. The wheelhouse is inhabited by more than a
dozen species of fish. Ali pokes his head out from inside the wreck—he’s
not coming out through this small hole. We leave the wreck and head back in to shallower
water near shore. Here we find more artificial reef structures
designed to attract fish for fishermen. These hollow concrete castings form a foothold
for coral and provide more space for fish. A monster moray eel has taken up residence
in one of them. The whole area in fact is crawling with morays. I follow one swimming with purpose. It turns out that he or she seems to have
a date. I’m not sure exactly what is going on here,
but it’s interesting to watch.. The reef is filled with anemonefish, frolicking
in their swaying anemones. Up in the shallows, purple soft coral proliferates,
adding a dazzling splash of color to the reef. Coral has very little nutritional value and
not many animals can even digest it, but the Yellow-bar angelfish is one of those animals. With his eagle eyes, Bill has found a very
rare animal. Hiding in the sand, an electric ray. This little ray may look harmless, but it
can shock its prey with more than 50 volts of electricity! After I watch it for a while, I decide to
see if I can wave some of its camouflaging sand off, so I can see what it really looks
like. To my surprise, the ray holds its ground. With the sand removed, I can see the spiracles
right behind its closely-spaced eyes. It breathes water in to its gills through
the spiracles. On the way back to the boat we find a Hawksbill
sea turtle. This big male has a thick carpet of red algae
on his shell. We’ve had a great dive, even though we didn’t
find any sharks. The closest thing to a shark we found was
the electric ray, which is just as unique. Sometimes my dives are not what I expected,
but they are always exciting, because in the Blue World there’s almost never a dull moment!

100 Comments

  • Reply blossom javen's artistic channel June 16, 2018 at 12:25 am

    I loved the way the purple coral in the reck looked aswell as the others,they were all very lovely

  • Reply Incyray June 16, 2018 at 1:22 am

    Yet another beautiful and fun dive! c:

    I am curious though; did you/your companions remove the abandoned net?

  • Reply Rum Mug the Orc June 16, 2018 at 4:00 am

    I had never heard of an electric ray, thanks great video!!!!

  • Reply Khalil Sulaiman June 16, 2018 at 5:00 am

    I learned something new today. Electric Ray's are a real thing. Love it!

  • Reply Pete Bloczynski June 16, 2018 at 5:37 am

    I love rays so much.

  • Reply Archie's Birding June 16, 2018 at 7:07 am

    you need to go diving in southeastern Australia

  • Reply Heavily Armed Clown Gaming June 16, 2018 at 8:36 am

    nature is amazing

  • Reply fishing ORATA FRA June 16, 2018 at 9:37 am

    spettacolo!! ciao

  • Reply Machines R Us June 16, 2018 at 11:17 am

    so the sharks was not around? 🙁

  • Reply Gold Gamer June 16, 2018 at 3:55 pm

    If the dive site called shark island, where are the sharks

  • Reply Ella Saves Seas June 16, 2018 at 6:49 pm

    OH MY GOD JONATHAN HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT THIS? MY BEST FRIEND KATIE FOUND IT ON PINTEREST THIS MORNING AND SENT IT TO ME.

    Sharks are being found with cancerous tumors on their bodies. Salmon caught off the coast of Alaska are riddled with cancer. Starfish are being discovered with double and triple the amount of legs they should have, and fish in the Great Barrier Reef are radioactive and full of external and internal tumors. Polar bears in Canada are losing patches of fur. Of 12 Bluefin Tuna caught in California waters, all 12 were highly radioactive. Does anyone care? Fukushima has been seeping radioactivity into our oceans daily since 2011, and the oceans are extremely sick because of it. Why isn’t this a global crisis and why aren’t we all coming together to stop it?

    WHY ARE WE LETTING THIS HAPPEN? (I cried when reading this by the way)
    Here is a picture that was attached to the post:
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    This is a picture that relates to the post:
    https://www.google.com/search?q=bluefin+tuna+with+cancer&client=safari&hl=en-us&prmd=inv&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjOzeP77tjbAhUB2IMKHfPUBPAQ_AUIESgB&biw=414&bih=622#imgrc=V7_Xfz2lhOI4hM:
    Isn’t this insane!? Why is our stupidity effecting wildlife? Why are we stupid in the first place? I know that everyone who likes this comment understands and wants to help stop this terrible, horrible, horrendous, stupid, idiotic problem caused by our society.

  • Reply JOHN & JOSCELIN HENNIGAN June 16, 2018 at 8:27 pm

    You inspire me JONATHAN GOO!

  • Reply kivimees oliver June 16, 2018 at 9:24 pm

    This is so enjoyable

  • Reply Ronesh D June 17, 2018 at 4:05 pm

    hey, Jonathan, this is my quiz question which are the most

    largest, rarest, dangerous and smallest shark

  • Reply teyiee sivan June 17, 2018 at 5:09 pm

    i have a fear of water since i was a kid.. i dont like swimming and water at all.. but i have become very intersted in ocean and fish because of you jonathan..thank you so much

  • Reply Viktor Kuczka June 17, 2018 at 5:24 pm

    When will you do a video about mako sharks?

  • Reply Carson Pelizi June 18, 2018 at 12:59 am

    A Jurassic world fallen kingdom add played before this plus…this video was amazing! What more can a guy ask for?!?

  • Reply Turgut Velettin June 18, 2018 at 8:25 am

    Amazing video love it keep up with good service thank you Jonathan

  • Reply NarwhalDude 0023 June 18, 2018 at 2:49 pm

    You are so nice!

  • Reply JOHN & JOSCELIN HENNIGAN June 18, 2018 at 9:08 pm

    Thx Jonathan because I remember when you 💛

  • Reply JOHN & JOSCELIN HENNIGAN June 18, 2018 at 9:09 pm

    On another vid but as u can see I'm a kid

  • Reply Jamey Pope June 18, 2018 at 11:49 pm

    nice beard

  • Reply KingXNASA June 19, 2018 at 2:03 am

    You are so cool I want to get a certification in scuba diving soooo bad

  • Reply adam daher June 19, 2018 at 3:16 am

    Shouldn’t they remove that fishing net? Large sea creatures could easily get caught and tangled up in them right?

  • Reply Love Horses 4 life June 19, 2018 at 6:25 am

    I would love to dive with Jonathan bird and explore stingrays

  • Reply Farooq Kundi June 19, 2018 at 3:46 pm

    Amazing Blueworld ❤❤❤❤😍

  • Reply Robert Letsche June 19, 2018 at 6:23 pm

    IM CERTIFIED NOW

  • Reply Hyper 10 June 19, 2018 at 7:19 pm

    Nature is the best designer, the patterns, the textures and the color combination. Nature is beautiful

  • Reply Jamie Cavallaro June 19, 2018 at 9:54 pm

    Hi I just saw you at the j t hood elementary school

  • Reply Clyde Ceniza June 19, 2018 at 11:17 pm

    You should dive more in the Philippines!!! Just hit me up if you want a dive guide in Cebu

  • Reply Danny Fenty June 20, 2018 at 5:34 am

    Obsessed with the ocean and the creatures in it, thanks for showcasing so much wonders under the sea 🌊

  • Reply Danny Fenty June 20, 2018 at 5:41 am

    When can you do a diving video in Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands?

  • Reply Love Horses 4 life June 20, 2018 at 3:36 pm

    Jonathan I would love to learn to scuba dive because I want to go to scuba diving classes but my dad said it’s to expensive

  • Reply billy bob June 21, 2018 at 1:14 pm

    I been watching your vids since 2009

  • Reply Athon June 21, 2018 at 3:56 pm

    amazing footage 👍

  • Reply Flávio Giannini June 22, 2018 at 3:17 am

    Beautiful footage

  • Reply Poulos Reffers June 22, 2018 at 9:40 am

    Nice video

  • Reply Lori Clark June 22, 2018 at 1:22 pm

    do't keep the beard

  • Reply Imran Alam June 22, 2018 at 2:39 pm

    Wow amazing video 👌👌👌

  • Reply Carissa Lindholm June 22, 2018 at 8:39 pm

    These videos help me a lot with anxiety and remind me of beautiful things on Earth❤️

  • Reply Life Is Only Optional June 23, 2018 at 4:23 am

    You have got to be kidding me. I dove the coast of Muscat 2 months ago!

  • Reply The Guardian June 24, 2018 at 3:07 pm

    Is Oman the place where you are advised to grow a beard for a certain reason that will be difficult for you guys to admit openly? 😉

  • Reply Simone Gori June 25, 2018 at 8:02 am

    Wow Jonathan this place is awesome! If you really want to do something out of any path you should try to dive with gators, I'm pretty sure that you will end up with an amazing video, here is my experience: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YIewXLP0zA and I truly love it, no mainstream yet 🙂

  • Reply TOXIC CARNAGE June 26, 2018 at 7:04 pm

    Thats heaven its self

  • Reply wickandde June 27, 2018 at 3:22 am

    Oh wow that purple grass/plant thing is so pretty

  • Reply Mibs wuhuu June 27, 2018 at 4:32 pm

    Hye Im Jonathan Bird! Welcome to my World!!

  • Reply PA DI June 27, 2018 at 9:45 pm

    You should do a my gear vid 😂 I would and I think others to would love that like we love you and your vids

  • Reply Diecy June 28, 2018 at 1:32 pm

    L love you
    You er 😎 man

  • Reply edward cool June 30, 2018 at 3:50 am

    Would love to dive with you.

  • Reply Maxwell Smart_086 June 30, 2018 at 3:43 pm

    wonderful – NOW you find the big white shark (Jaws – movie) at Cape Cod in the US. Close to seals. Happy days.

  • Reply Norsie July 1, 2018 at 1:18 am

    Jon I am loving this more genuine personality you have in presenting especially in the later seasons. Keep up the awesome work!

  • Reply Brooklyn Guerrero July 1, 2018 at 1:55 am

    You are amazing

  • Reply Brooklyn Guerrero July 1, 2018 at 1:59 am

    I have been watching for as long as I can remember

  • Reply soccer kid July 1, 2018 at 6:44 am

    Helo I am a huge fan and I love swimming I love diving to I have been once in Lexington I can't rilly actually go because I have a baby brother I love your videos you are a good and cool dude .Also I would love to dive with you . Keep your good work up keep making cool videos

  • Reply Aswitchfan2004 :D July 1, 2018 at 6:27 pm

    Jonathan! My mom's friends know you! You may know Jen and her husband Brian? My mom is friends with them!!! Give me a shout out in your next vid please!!! My mom's name is Megan. You might probably have heard Jen talk about or say something about her??? 🤗🤗🤗

  • Reply Chris RD July 3, 2018 at 12:07 am

    so awesome Oman

  • Reply gago ka July 8, 2018 at 10:56 am

    Hoping i could do this someday😊

  • Reply jacket smith July 12, 2018 at 1:31 am

    Hey jonh why dont you come here

  • Reply TiiX July 14, 2018 at 9:34 pm

    Great video as always Jonathan!

  • Reply Messi July 16, 2018 at 10:02 am

    Nice______I want to come with you……

  • Reply Jazzman25 July 21, 2018 at 7:37 am

    He knows from past experiences not to touch torpedo rays

  • Reply Minecraft Gameplay July 23, 2018 at 8:45 am

    Jonathan what recorder do you use and what editor?

  • Reply Dan Killam July 25, 2018 at 2:06 am

    Love the bright purple sponges! That's what they were right?

  • Reply Codie Bonnin July 27, 2018 at 3:12 am

    My son Drake loves watching your shows. Today he got to touch a stingray and a giant pacific octopus. He wanted me to tell you that he really want to learn to dive and he wants to dive with you.

  • Reply Sylvester Chint July 27, 2018 at 7:28 pm

    It's clean! 😁

  • Reply Ultimate Noob slayer July 28, 2018 at 11:45 pm

    I love your channel

  • Reply Ultimate Noob slayer July 28, 2018 at 11:48 pm

    I’m your biggest fan

  • Reply morde art July 31, 2018 at 6:38 pm

    Amazing

  • Reply NeoTheGhoul August 1, 2018 at 12:16 am

    I used to watch u all the time!!!

  • Reply Narayan Singh August 5, 2018 at 2:32 am

    If please dubbed in Hindi languages

  • Reply Daniel Mccaffrey August 6, 2018 at 12:16 pm

    Anyone notice the pun in the title!

  • Reply Kylie Monahan August 12, 2018 at 3:45 am

    sooooooooooooooo cool

  • Reply Rita Ben August 23, 2018 at 1:43 am

    Your awesome

  • Reply Serthon August 28, 2018 at 12:56 pm

    Learned so much about marine creatures! Found this channel from the collaboration with Brave Wilderness!

  • Reply Zephirenth August 31, 2018 at 4:28 pm

    Your footage never fails to impress.

  • Reply Gao Gao September 1, 2018 at 4:42 am

    SHARKS! I love sharks!

  • Reply Gao Gao September 1, 2018 at 4:46 am

    This is so entertaining!!

  • Reply shark fan9210 September 14, 2018 at 11:09 pm

    Sharks are my favorite animal

  • Reply Jez Cortez September 14, 2018 at 11:28 pm

    I love the whale sharks and I love you Jonathan and free replay button 0:00 it cost 1 like

  • Reply Godzilla show. September 16, 2018 at 2:19 pm

    SEA TURTE!!!BEST VIDEO EVER!!!

  • Reply Oluebube Madudingambu September 18, 2018 at 7:37 am

    Awesome

  • Reply TOM 233 September 23, 2018 at 3:27 am

    Philippines is tge best

  • Reply 남형주 September 24, 2018 at 11:37 pm

    When is the best season to dive in Oman and which shop did you go to?

  • Reply Delia Esperanza October 1, 2018 at 12:53 am

    Turtles are nice

  • Reply QF MR November 23, 2018 at 5:47 pm

    Welcome to shark island population:NO ONE KNOW

  • Reply null无 December 6, 2018 at 12:19 pm

    where 60fps?

  • Reply the animator January 20, 2019 at 5:20 am

    best vid ever created.

  • Reply Turtle Ventures January 27, 2019 at 12:04 pm

    Ali-A
    VS
    Ali-ا

  • Reply ladubird 12345 February 4, 2019 at 10:05 am

    the music is perfect!!

  • Reply Amirul Hafiz February 13, 2019 at 4:48 am

    Oman underwater paradise is so beautiful!

  • Reply Osman Hossain February 26, 2019 at 12:03 am

    That’s where Avicii died

  • Reply Elaine B February 28, 2019 at 1:15 pm

    Island promised friends, you promised friends, you & I ended up with no close friends, just a shocking pal – GRRRR!!! Sharky xxx… Sharky did you read the rest of the comments??? Al Quersh is apparently sharky in the local tongue, not the name of this place. Still, there was a lot to see!!! What WERE those eels up to??? And why are they called Moray when they're nowhere near Scotland???

  • Reply Gina Millares March 14, 2019 at 4:14 am

    I like all your vedio
    Your explanation is very clear and detailed.can understand easily.
    Keep it up.its all very interesting

  • Reply Moaath MAS March 24, 2019 at 12:57 pm

    Nimo??

  • Reply Ondet Espiritu March 24, 2019 at 1:32 pm

    Keep all your video cool and awesome

  • Reply LUCAS FECUNDA March 30, 2019 at 12:44 pm

    Ohh dory ohh dory dont eat the corals dory hahaha😂, love this video Jonathan Bird's, tnx👍

  • Reply Katie Stephenson April 1, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    Shark island is a denjese🦷🦷🦷🦷👄👄🦷👄✍🏽

  • Reply Jacob Gabriel Bolivar August 5, 2019 at 2:55 am

    Roses Are Red
    Violets Are Blue
    I Like All Sharks
    Why Not Everyone

  • Reply Jassim Alsulaiti August 6, 2019 at 9:06 am

    I live near oman i live in Qatar so I speak arabic and ive seen al fahal

  • Reply Ash L August 7, 2019 at 4:42 pm

    Hey, Jonathan! Just wanted to drop in and say I love your show! I stumbled across it about a week ago and since then, I have watched and completed 3 full video playlists of yours haha! I'm obsessed. Thank you to you and your team for putting in the effort to create such a wonderful and magical show!

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