Bahamas Wreck Dive | JONATHAN BIRD’S BLUE WORLD


Coming up, Jonathan and cameraman Tim explore a sweet wreck in the Bahamas called the sugar wreck Welcome to Jonathan Bird’s
Blue World Hey everybody! I’m in the Bahamas with cameraman Tim and we’re gonna dive the sugar wreck I tell you what Jonathan I can’t wait to dive this wreck It went down about a hundred fifty years ago And at the time that went down it was one of the few four mast steel halt schooners as opposed to wood Exactly all the wooden wrecks down here our long since gone , from being eaten away by animals and by the storms So it’s only 20 feet (6.1m) deep here. So we’re really not sure How much of the wreck has survived in an area that would get so many storms and get just pounded in this shallow water I can’t wait to see what’s down here Supposedly the wreck was carrying molasses from the Bahamas to the Carolinas -Hence the name sugar wreck
-and I don’t think there’s gonna be any molasses left But I’d like to find out what’s gonna be on this wreck.
-Yeah, man. Let’s go check it out.
-Absolutely Once again, we’re setting sail aboard my favorite dive boat the dolphin dream We’re in the northern Bahamas headed to a wreck called the sugar wreck located in the middle of nowhere We anchor up to the wreck and from the air you can see the shape of the ship Cameraman Tim and I suit up for a long dive Tim demonstrates the classic reverse push entry technique. It takes years of practice. Soon we’re both on our way We meet on the bottom and begin our exploration of the wreck Because it’s only 20 feet (6.1m) deep our scuba tanks will last a long time so we don’t have to rush Cameraman bill is filming the dive. Wait. He took my job! one of the first things we find is the anchor And it’s big We also find something that we think was an engine, but it’s really covered in coral so we’re not quite sure. Then Tim finds a pair of huge cleats called bits used to secure mooring lines. The massive size of these bits illustrates how large the rope needed to be in order to secure this vessel. Since it’s so shallow here storms have smashed the wreck flat so it doesn’t look like a ship anymore But if you look closely there are a lot of things to see This is not just a pile of rocks What I’m trying to say with hand signs is that these are ballast stones that were placed in the bottom of the ship They made it ride at the correct height in the water when it wasn’t carrying a full load of cargo As we swim over to the other side of the wreck. We find a ladder which was probably used to get down into the cargo hold 150 years underwater have taken a toll on the steel hull Bending it flat and breaking all the ribs in the process But it’s still easy to see that this was a ship As we swim towards the bow we are amazed at how the marine life has taken over Just a hundred yards away the seafloor is flat and barren There are almost no fish here because there are no hiding spots Since this wreckage is the only reef lake structure in the area. It’s a magnet for fish A French angelfish is nibbling on sponges that are growing on the ribs A school of grunts and snapper are using the structure for protection A pair of lionfish, invasive species here in the Bahamas, are stalking prey I spot something under one of the masts. It’s a shy nurse shark Tim gives it a little tickle to see if it will come out but it’s scared of my camera With lots of sunlight and clear water the coral is thriving on the wreck Healthy pillar coral is one of the rarest sites in the Caribbean and a big stand of it like this means that conditions here are excellent. As we continue exploring we notice a visitor in the distance A Caribbean reef shark probably here to hunt fish is lurking around the perimeter She’s probably waiting for us to leave because our bubbles spook sharks She must be really hungry because after a while she works up the courage to come in closer She may even be a little curious about us It’s incredibly rare for a shark to come this close without being fed And to me this is a magical encounter with a beautiful wild animal What an awesome shark We follow her for a while to see if we can watch her hunting but I think we’re cramping her style She’s never gonna catch a thing with us hanging around So we let her be It’s hard for me to let her go because I love sharks All these fish are here at the wreck to have a place to hide from predators like sharks Soon Tim spots a porcupine fish Not only do these fish have spines for defense like their namesake But they’re also one of a relatively small number of fish that swim not by swishing their tail but by flapping their pelvic and dorsal fins The porcupine fish is not just adorable but this particular one is not afraid of us at all So when you come across a cooperative subject like this you definitely take some time and observe As we follow it around a little we discover that it has a friend maybe a girlfriend! Together they each take turns coming up to the camera Perhaps they enjoy their reflection in the lens They duck into the protection of the wreck and we think they’re gone But it seems like they went in there to get the rest of the gang, now we have six of them gawking at us I’m not sure who is watching whom Eventually the porcupine fish moves on to other things and it’s time for us to head back to the boat Not all shipwrecks still look like ships But the sugar wreck shows that a shipwreck can create a home for thousands of fish and invertebrates While we often associate a sinking ship with death In fact these derelicts of human society become flourishing habitats of life in the blue world Hey everyone, thanks for watching our latest episode all the way to the end. You’re crazy if you don’t subscribe Hit that subscribe button now So you won’t miss our next episode and check out our merch link in the description for some blue world swag

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100 thoughts on “Bahamas Wreck Dive | JONATHAN BIRD’S BLUE WORLD

  1. Everytime you set sail aboard your favorite dive boat, The Dolphin Dream, I have to listen to Lee Ritenour's song Dolphin Dreams.

  2. 0:04 **hears Cameraman Tim’s name OMG YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS ITS BEEN TOO LONG
    0:36 Just noticed your shirt. That’s amazing.
    1:25 Omg wait Tim’s doing some voiceover too omgggggggg
    1:52 Woah. Years of practice omg I cannot 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣
    2:24 OH NO BILL STOLE TIM’S JOB NOOO 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣
    2:56 vEsSeL bY tWeNtY øNe PiLøTs. I’m so sorry lol
    3:56 Woahhhhhh there’s so many fish
    4:26 (repeat of literally something she just said) Woahhhhh there’s so many fish. Wait I just said that. Jeez….. this is so awesome
    5:21 Ohhhh noooooo no lion fish here
    5:37 Awwwww she’s so cute
    6:08 WOAH YES THATS GREAT TO SEE
    6:28 YESSS SHARRRRKSSSSS I love sharks so much jeez
    6:59 woah that’s so incredible
    8:09 Same same I love sharks
    8:45 OMG ITS TOOO CUUUUUUTE
    9:05 AWWWWWW IM DYING ITS SO CUTE
    9:32 AWWWW THE WAY YOU SAID THAT THATS SO CUTE OMGGGGGGGG IM DYING MAYBE A GIRLFRIEND OMG YES
    9:49 OMGGGGGG IM DYING THIS IS TOO CUTE FOR MEEEEEEE
    10:15–10:54 I CANNOT OMG THEY ARE LITERALLY THE CUTESTTTTTTT

    Omg I love the porcupine fish so much because it always looks like it’s smiling at you. I love it. It’s too cute for life.

  3. Nice to see cameraman Tim get a bit more video time in this episode. Props to Bill for being cameraman's cameraman! You have an awesome crew. 😊

  4. Liked the little bit of history about the shipwreck and I agree porcupine fish are just too adorable with that little perma-smile on their little faces

  5. Jonathan my Mom and her hubby just returned today from a week long cruise in The Bahamas, including stops in Nassau and Freeport. And on another quick note it'd be really fun to meet you someday, you've expanded my knowledge base quite a lot!

  6. I love the commentary of Jonathan and Tim going back and forth! You guys should do more of this! Also, You guys make me so jealous by getting to swim with sharks a lot!!

  7. Beautiful video!! Has to be one of my favorites now!!! The porcupine fish are all like "Check out these mirror things! !!" 😂😂😂

  8. From where I come from they call puffer fish sugar toads and I thought that was the reason that the wreck got its name. But I was wrong. Oof

  9. thank you. I needed that. its been an all around crummy day. those porcupine fish put a smile on my face. maybe someday.

  10. wow those porcupine fish are just awesome. they were observing you guys, i think they are pretty smart. And that reef shark was so beautiful. That was an awesome dive thanks for the video. 😍

  11. Amazing colors on this episode! Super sharp and crispy video, really hope to see more videos on shallow water! By the way, we have the shipwreck USS Emmons here in Okinawa, Japan. I have been there recently and it is mind-blowing, with torpedos and cannons everywere!!! Mr Bird, if you have any interest on visiting and diving in Japan, let me know. I'm working in a dive shop with a good structure and we attend in english, would be a pleasure to meet you in person! It's not an advertise, just my dream to dive with you 😉

  12. Man I'm so so so happy that you're about 500k subs, I said one time that you deserve at least 1 million subs and I'm so glad that you're on the way 🔥 keep up the epic videos, one of the best channels in YouTube!!

  13. What a beautiful place to dive, was a delight to watch in high def. The co-narrative added some variety to the normal proceedings. This was a classic Blue World video in theme, I enjoyed it. Thanks!

  14. I love these videos. It gives me the opportunity to enjoy places I can never afford to dive at. It’s because of you I plan on going to the Georgia aquarium and dive. Thank you so much.

  15. I got recommendation to watch one of them videos week ago… I'm caught like a fish… It's so fantastic and I'm always amazed about how pretty the view is. I also love how nice the voice is and how much information you get. I always loved diving but in my country there's not much where to😂 except pools which is boring. Atm I will dive together with you guys through my phone screen. But I will one day get Holidays to try diving in tropical sea's👍 its just amazing how mesmerizing it is🐟🦈🐙

  16. What a beautiful dive site! I have always found the Bahamas fascinating. I think its because many of the islands are underdeveloped in comparison to some other Caribbean countries. I would love to spend more time there if some of the islands were easier to get to. I guess that's what keeps them so beautiful though. I always love flying over and looking down wondering what I am missing out on. Thanks again for the video, wonderful as always ,however, the lionfish should of been removed.

  17. Awesome footage of the Porcupine Puffers, one of my favorite fish's next to the Spiny Burrfish.

    3 words: Lake Baikal, Amphipods.
    👍👍

  18. i was wondering why Jonathan doesn't make any wreck dive videos, but finally, hahah, it is really a good topic for blue world video

  19. Wow. It's amazing to see so many large mangrove and yellowtail snappers together and not acting spooked by divers. Unless you're in one of the fishing exclusion zones, you don't see that in South Florida anymore!

  20. I’ve had molasses before. I don’t really remember the taste, but it kinda tasted sweet. I don’t know why I brought this up, probably because your buddy mentioned molasses.

  21. does anyone know what reg system Jonathan uses? i love that it exhausts at the tank. (im a noob to different types of equipment)

  22. Mom: get off the iPad it’s not good for you, it teaches you nothing
    Me: this channel teaches me about marine biology and about history in some of them
    Mom: yeah right.
    Me: shows mom channel
    Mom: …………

  23. Hello Jonathan. I really want to become a scuba instructor and make diving my career but don’t know where to start since I have never done scuba diving before. I will be Turing 18 next year in October and Would really like to start my training. But since I don’t know from where to and how to, it would be really great if you help me out

  24. I wish you can meet me but im live in englend I realy wanna go diving with dolphins or some sort of harmless creature I realy like you videos because you teach me more and more please I enjoy your vids so much you have thought me things my perants know sorry if I spell whrong I just get over exsited when I can speak to someone so intresting

  25. I was a active diver for years. Ive taken a long break. Inspiring video time to get back in the water. Great content! Great channel!

  26. Aww poor scared nursey!!! Nice of my cousin to say hi though!!! Sharky xxx… What's that??? MORE divers with camera things??? I have to see this!!! Jabber the Porcupine Fish… Surprised I never left a comment on this one!!! And great to see you & Tim sharing comment work!!! Me

  27. Hey, nice work on another beautiful episode, you guys are what first Inspired me dive all those years ago, but I would like to know where may I buy those relaxing soundtracks

  28. Hi Jonathan. It's my dream to actually experience diving the blue world for real! Thank you bigtime for creating these videos for me to see how beautiful the ocean is! Keep it up! Let's all work to protect this very beautiful ocean!

  29. That was BEAUTIFUL !!! I love your videos they are the best way to relax and learn and see places I'll never get to visit personally so it's nice that you take us there Jonathon THANKS GUYS

  30. Shark says: Whoa! What are you guys?! You’re about as big as me…am I your food? No? Huh, then maybe you’re my food. Hm…no. You’re too big to eat. I guess I’ll let you watch me swim for a while, but I’d rather eat alone, thanks.

  31. Hey Jonathan! Will you make a dive to my sister HMHS Britannic one day? She is pretty lonely down there 🙁

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