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


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 thoughts on “Shark Island, Oman! | JONATHAN BIRD’S BLUE WORLD”

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

  2. Yet another beautiful and fun dive! c:

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

  3. 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:
    https://www.google.com/search?q=great+white+sharks+with+cancer&client=safari&hl=en-us&prmd=ivn&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiR_Lul7tjbAhWs6IMKHZpCBUIQ_AUIESgB&biw=414&bih=622#imgrc=fA2Haj4b-co9tM:
    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.

  4. 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

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

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

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

  8. 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

  9. 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? 😉

  10. 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 🙂

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

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

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

  14. 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

  15. 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??? 🤗🤗🤗

  16. 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.

  17. 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???

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

  19. 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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