Leafy Seadragons of South Australia | JONATHAN BIRD’S BLUE WORLD


Coming up, the Bird family heads to Australia
in search of the world’s most exotic seahorse, the Leafy sea dragon! Welcome to Jonathan Bird’s Blue World! I love seahorses, and I have filmed many different
species all over the world. I have always wanted to see a Leafy Seadragon,
which is almost certainly the rarest, most spectacular seahorse in the world. They’re only found in one place—the waters
of southern Australia. It’s summer vacation, and the whole family
is joining me on a Blue World expedition to South Australia. The kids have never been on a flight this
long. We are traveling to the other side of the
world, from Boston all the way to Adelaide, with a stop in Dubai. It’s two 12 hour flights back to back! We just flew from right here on the map, to
Dubai, right here and then to Adelaide. Well, it took 30 hours but we made it to Adelaide,
South Australia! Sleeping on a plane is difficult, so we’re
totally exhausted. But we still have to load our rental van and
drive down to our rental house in Rapid Bay. Rapid Bay is a beautiful place, located about
100 km south of Adelaide. We rented a house right on the ocean. It’s windy and not that warm. It may be summer at home, but here in the
southern hemisphere, it’s winter. There is not much between Rapid bay and Antarctica
except ocean. The next morning we make a run up to Adelaide
for scuba tanks. Then it’s over to the dive site—the Rapid
Bay Jetty. The roads are a blast—even if I am in a
minivan–but I have to remember to drive on the left! Well, I finally made it to the Jetty here
in Rapid Bay in South Australia, one of the best places in the world to find one of the
rarest seahorses in the world, the Leafy Seadragon! The Jetty in Rapid Bay was originally built
for loading limestone from the local quarry on to cargo ships. The quarry up on the hillside is still here,
but no longer used. The original jetty fell into disrepair but
it was so popular with the locals for fishing, that they spent 3 million dollars building
a new one just for recreation. It’s popular with fishermen and divers. We meet up with Daniel Kinasz, a local dive
instructor. As a local expert, he knows how to find the
seadragons! We take a quick walk down the jetty while
Daniel explains the dive to me and Christine, then it’s time for everyone to suit up. Christine and I are putting on our dry suits. Drysuits are kind of a pain but it beats being
cold. The kids unfortunately don’t have dry suits
yet, so they’ll have to dive in wetsuits. But hey, they are kids, they can take it! The water is only 55° Fahrenheit. That’s 13° Celsius! Chilly! It’s time for the long walk down the jetty. Or should I say a long walk off a short pier? Fortunately, when they built the jetty, they
kept divers in mind, so there is a nice staircase right into the water. Woo! The wind is howling and the water is rough. But in we go! As we sink down, I’m a little disappointed
by the visibility. We knew it would be cold, but we didn’t
count on a storm churning up the sediment. I can barely see Daniel ahead of me as we
begin our search for Leafy Seadragons. We’re hunting in the seaweed, because that’s
where their camouflage allows them to hide the best. After what seems like forever, we finally
find one! It’s not easy to film in the surgy conditions,
but this is a master of camouflage, looking exactly like a drifting piece of seaweed within
the seaweed garden on the ocean floor. Obviously this is not an animal designed for
speed. No seahorses are fast, but this one is positively
sluggish with all those leafy projections. But who needs to be fast when you can blend
in? Predators just don’t see the Leafy Seadragon. This seadragon does use whatever speed it
has to try to escape the glare of my bright lights. But once it figures out that I’m going to
hurt it, the seadragon relaxes a little bit and allows me to get in for some close-ups. I don’t even notice the cold water when
I’m filming something awesome like this! Once we know how to find them, they are easier
to spot. Elise finds a pair of smaller ones. These conditions can’t be easy for the little
seadragons. With the kids in wetsuits, they get cold fairly
soon, so we head back out of the water. The kids are cold, but excited. We huff our gear back to the van. Shore diving is a lot of work! Now for our least favorite part. We came a long way for this little fish. But it was worth it! I’ve waited 20 years to see a Leafy Seadragon. It’s one of the weirdest, most camouflaged
animals I’ve ever seen, a true wonder of the Blue World! Hey Everyone! Thanks for watching our latest episode all
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100 thoughts on “Leafy Seadragons of South Australia | JONATHAN BIRD’S BLUE WORLD

  1. Great work I live in Australia nd I have never seen a sea dragon. We don't get the leafies but we do get weedy seadragons.

  2. Hi,
    I love your videos. It's amazing to see you dive with your family.
    I hope one day I'll have one too and share all this with them😊

  3. Jonathan! I am an aspiring Aerospace engineer but when I saw your channel, It turned off something, it's like I just want to be a marine biologist now

  4. 55 F / 13 C is perfectly fine with a 5mm 2 piece OPEN CELL wetsuit, maybe even a 3 mm. I could be in the Long Island sound with a 5mm open cell suit 2 hours on Dec 1st 2017, Water was 50 F. Less of a pain than drysuits. with 58 F i am good 3mm. With closed cell one piece suit (3mm) I was cold after one hour in 68 F / 20C water in January 2018 at scuba class in Playa del Carmen. Open cell you just need to spray them with water before getting in. They stick to your skin, it is way better. They also have built in hood so no water seeping down your back / neck,

  5. Thank you for all the content you show here those sea horses are beautiful and i always am intetested in seeing new underwater animals

  6. This looks really cool I was on a cruise this week and I got to snorkel in Aruba, Curacao, and Grand Turk which we’re amazing places and saw a dead shark in Grand Turk but I wish it was alive when I learn to scuba dive the one place I wish to go is the Mediterranean Sea

  7. There are 3 DRAGONS that I know…
    1. Komodo Dragon
    2. Dragonfly
    3. Leafy Sea Dragon, which is my favorite because of this video.

  8. Um…. if my dad were Jonathan Bird and we went scuba diving as a family… I'D BE THE HAPPIEST KID IN THE WORLD!!!!!!!! <3 <3 <3 <3

  9. My daughter Brookelynn loves the ocean she watches these videos at her school.On an app called epicbooks anyway she wants to be a marine biologist when she grows up. I'm so proud of her!

  10. Can i ask you a question(s)?
    Do seahorses have a swim bladder
    do eels, and moray have swim bladders?
    are sea horses bony fishes?
    Can jellyfish steer themselves and control where they're heading to? I mean, why would they have photoreceptors when they can even control their movement? Its like have spidersense, but you cant evem move! Its usless.
    UNLESS JELLYFISHES CAN CONTROL STEERING???
    How many syphons does the octopus have. Squids have one tube thingy under their body, so do cuttlefishes. Is it the same for octopuses

  11. That was so soothing to watch. What a curious way to live a life, just hanging out in the sea gardens and getting tossed around by the waves. And how do they grow those weird pseudo-leaves? They're just amazing.

  12. Awww!!! Cute sea dragons & a fun family adventure!!! What's not to love???… There were none of my friends!!! BOO!!! Sharky xxx… I think there may be an age limit on sharky-diving Sharky…

  13. I really love your videos! I stumbled upon them a few weeks ago and I've been watching non-stop. I didn't know you were from Boston. I'm from Boston too! (now in Asia)

  14. Wow this video really intriguing and as what John said you would be crazy if you don't subscribe. Blessing great video.

  15. I was actually sleepy, but when I accidentally pressed this video my eyes became wide open. Unbelievable creature. Thanks for sharing.

  16. Please reply if you’ll consider this. Thank you so much for showing us the Blue World.

    Here’s what the diving suit looks like: a two piece suit (shirt and trousers) and a head mask that looks like a gas mask with two jointed snorkels that are kept above the water by a bell 🔔 shaped float that is airtight with holes on the sides for the tubes to breath from.
    To make it, you’ll need: leather or any waterproof fabric, glass lenses for the eyes, springs to stop the tube joints from collapsing under pressure, pool noodle foam or cork for the float, and bamboo or plastic tubing for snorkels.
    To use this you can take an air hose, insert it into one of the holes and leave the other open to let the extra air and exhalation flow out. And you can add a mouth piece or regulator that will allow the diver to take healthy breaths without causing discomfort.

  17. I love Leafy Sea Dragons, they're so majestic though I'm a little more partial to the Weedy Sea Dragon because it was the first one I saw and I love their colors…amazing creatures.

  18. I'm from Adelaide and my mum and sister have seen leafies twice. So weird seeing all these familiar locations on BlueWorld.

  19. I just visited blue world channel.. I love all the episodes.. Wow amazing.. I dont know how to swim.. Im 90kg.. Im 36 already.. Maybe i can be rich soon to experience this adventure of a lifetime through diving.. From Philippines with support..😁

  20. Great work Mr. Bird. Its one of your best. Its not easy in this kind of underwater environment. But still the time you gave for a single shot made it look surreal.

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