Venomous Octopus Defends the Reef!

Venomous Octopus Defends the Reef!


– [Narrator] Tonight we are on the hunt for something truly bizarre. As I hope to encounter the aliens of the reef. (intense music) (majestic music) – What’s going on everybody? And welcome back to another
Blue Wilderness adventure. Here on the edge of the
Caribbean Sea at night. Now we’re at Grand Cayman Island and we did come here to swim with Stingrays at Stingray
City, and that was awesome. We saw all kinds of cool reef fish and of course got up close and personal with those giant rays. But, if we truly want
to see something unique, something really bizarre, the best time to do that is at night. So what we’re gonna do is we’re gonna get our dive gear ready, head out in the darkness of the sea, and get up close with some of the most alien-looking creatures you can imagine. Before we can make our
descent, we had to swim away from shore out to deeper water. The visibility along the way was poor and churned up by the
waves making this process much more nerveracking than usual. (creepy music) Plunging into dark water is
without question disorienting. And it isn’t until you regain
your visibility and bearings that your instincts to turn back retreat and allow you to press
forward further into darkness. My eyes struggle to scan
the empty space around me for a glimpse of anything. But just like that, we
have our first visitor. Drawn in by my camera lights, I find these Caribbean
Reef Squids stunning. And very interesting to observe. Oddly enough, it actually might be as equally interested in me. They can by quite the characters and are extremely intelligent. It’s mesmerizing how its bright coloration and translucent skin glimmer
as it flutters its fins against the dark inky water. Isn’t it incredible how it can remain in perfect position with so little effort. Closely related to octopus and cuttlefish, these torpedo-shaped
cephalopods have ten appendages set in front of two
very large complex eyes. And while Caribbean
Reef Squid are normally social creatures, seeing one
all alone isn’t that uncommon. Wow, they really are something. What an interesting creature
to kick off tonight’s dive. It’s a surreal sensation to
descend into the black abyss of the ocean at night. Some would argue this
scenario would easily rank as their greatest fear. And I wouldn’t necessarily blame them. Your first night dive can be scary. Luckily our camera lights
are strong and almost create a force field literally pushing
back the fear of the unknown and establishing the reality
that exists in front of us. I learned long ago that a
strong sense of curiosity can be the best defense against any fear. Curiosity, like our dive
lights, can illuminate our minds to focus on what we can
see instead of imagining what figments may exist
beyond the shadows. And in this world, almost
anything my light touches, brings my curiosity to a boil. The weightlessness of diving combined with this foreign landscape feels like nothing less
than a space odyssey. So in the spirit of worlds
beyond our imagination, tonight we are on the hunt
for something truly bizarre. As I hope to encounter
the aliens of the reef. (mellow music) Between the maze of shapes
and spectrum of vivid colors that make up the coral reef, it’s inhabitants are equally
as colorful and unusual and as I get closer to the reef, many of the smaller creatures
start to reveal themselves. Like this Arrow Crab. As are most of its other crab cousins, this one is an opportunistic
feeder hunting for worms and other easy prey. But if that doesn’t look like an alien, I’m not sure what does. Okay, let’s move on and
see what we can find on the other side of the reef. Oh wow, so in complete
contrast to the Arrow Crab, here we have a huge Reef Spider Crab, also known as a Channel Clinging Crab. This species of spider
crab are commonly found in waters off of Florida, the Bahamas, and various Caribbean islands but this one is by far
the largest I’ve seen. We’re currently at about
60 feet below the surface but these crabs can
actually be found, get this, in excess of 100 feet. A depth we don’t often
explore for marine life. But maybe we should search
for some deep water creatures on a future dive. The walls of the reef
are really impressive, covered in brightly colored
sponges that tower up at steep angles, giving
way to flatter coral beds. Wait, what was that? I heard a crunch. Like some sort of popping sound. Whoa, that’s what I heard. That grunt just smashed that smaller, oh and look at that! There’s an octopus. Did you see it before it changed color? That’s a Caribbean Reef
Octopus, and a big one too. This is definitely the all
star creature of the night. Now they can be extremely
difficult to find. But once spotted will flicker with color. And these color displays are remarkable. It’s both attempting to
blend in with the reef to camouflage itself, and just when I get
close enough, does that. That is a defensive display. See it flash white and blue and balloon up to appear
larger than it really is? It’s incredible how adaptive
these creatures are. Not only able to change
color, but also able to change their shape and
skin texture completely. Seeing these behaviors is very rare. This is actually the first
time I’ve ever witnessed it. Now let’s talk about danger. All octopus are venomous,
including this one. And use their beaks to inject their prey with a toxic saliva that paralyzes them while they’re consumed. However, unlike their smaller cousin, the blue ring octopus,
this species does not have a lethal bite when it comes to humans. But besides their venomous
ways, and bizarre appearance, these animals are indeed
strange, having three hearts, 360 degree vision, and possessing
inexplicable intelligence has some scientists suggesting
that these creatures are indeed aliens from another world. In fact, there are few fossil
records to suggest otherwise. But we’ll save that
debate for another video. Okay, well our computers are telling us it’s time to return back to the surface, but what an epic way to end our adventure. For more photos and videos of this dive, make sure to follow me on
Instagram, @realmarkvins. And I do respond to questions, so make sure to comment and ask away. Wow, that was by far the biggest octopus I’ve personally ever seen
out here in the Caribbean and by far the biggest one we’ve ever featured on this channel. And it showed us all
kinds of crazy displays, I mean it changed color a dozen times, it went from blues to
reds to oranges to stripes and then it had those
brilliant dominance displays where it ballooned up
and tried to make itself look bigger on the reef. That was incredible. I cannot believe we just witnessed that. And how about that Caribbean Reef Squid. That’s nothing to shake a stick at either. That was pretty awesome
to see the bioluminescence cascading up and down its fins. And I hope everybody at
home enjoyed tonight’s night adventure just as much as we did. The crew and I are absolutely exhausted. We’re gonna get this gear off and head back home for the evening. But if you haven’t yet,
make sure to subscribe and hit that notification bell so you don’t miss a second
of the adventures ahead. There’s a lot more coming
up on Blue Wilderness. I’m Mark Vins. Be brave. Stay wild. We’ll see you on the next dive. While a person’s first night dive can be a frightening ordeal, I have found that any journey through this mystical landscape will quickly replace feelings
of fear with pure excitement. These days whenever I have
a chance to dive at night, I find myself jumping at
the opportunity, literally. Just as long as my light
batteries are fully charged. If you enjoyed our journey to discover the aliens of the reef, make
sure to check our the time we explored Tiger Beach at night and were able to get extremely close to a nine foot lemon shark. And yes, those teeth are very sharp, just in case you were wondering. And oh hey, have you signed up to become a Brave crew member yet? If not, click the Join button
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only for our biggest fans. So I’m shown a few people
photographs of this vehicle and what we’re going to be doing today. And everybody seems to be very concerned by how large the opening at
the front of the Spock is. Now is there a chance that a shark’s gonna come up to the Spock and like.

100 thoughts on “Venomous Octopus Defends the Reef!

  1. The beauty of this film. The calming sound of his voice. The genuine interest and care for these creatures and their habitats. These are some of the reasons I subscribed. BW♡♡♡

  2. Thank you for sharing this with us! I always loved the ocean, and octopi and squids are so interesting to me! So learning all this and seeing these beautiful creatures was an amazing way to end my day 💕

  3. Wait, ALL octopus species are venomous? How did I spend all these believing that the blue-ringed octopus was the only venomous one?

  4. “As I hope to encounter…the aliens of the reef” My brain: humans…what you’re looking for are humans lol

  5. Seeing this episode made me realize: Playing too much Subnautica made me feel VERY uncomfy about the sea at night.

  6. Hey do you remember that vid where u tasted the KB honey can you find a "Dangerous" Species of a animal what produces milk and taste the milk?

  7. Mark, I am a paleontologist specializing in mollusks (clams in my case). Octopuses aren't my speciality but I'd be happy to talk to you about their evolutionary history or put you in touch with a specialist in the fossil record of cephalopods. They do have a fossil record and it makes it even more amazing in my opinion, that they evolved on earth just like us, yet are so alien seeming as you suggest. They are far on the tree of life but are our peers in many ways.

  8. Sometimes I rlly what to do this but sometimes I get scared but tbh this was so cool I hope on day I can do this but I can't now bc I'm only 10 but I have been watching you guys for so long now I have learnt so much so I can't thank you enough thanks for making me smart about animals and there beaver I'm so happy for learning about animals bc I love animals more than my math work bc I love maths at school but I love this chanle I'm so happy for finding it ty keep up the amazing work 🙂

  9. I have Thalassaphobia, but for some reason I am super interested in the animals (ones that won’t try to eat you), in the ocean. I love this video because it is so calming!!

  10. Octopuses don't have bones at all and only a beak made out of chitin so of course there wouldn't be normal fossil remains! Wow I can't believe you didn't do your research or know this common fact.

  11. This is legit one of the best Narrations BW has ever had, not to front Coyote I freaking love him but Mark is so so underrated.

  12. Brave wilderness: we found the biggest snake in the world. Me: I hate snakes but love this channel this are such some fun facts I never known I’ve watched someone with
    reptiles in a cage but I never seen people dive for a venomous octopus you are so cool

  13. Came back after a while this channel is so different and wasn’t the YouTube channel called cayote Peterson?

  14. They're really cool and bizarre animals and they can eat a full grown rat as well as birds that have fell out of the nest and they can weigh up to five pounds or more

  15. Omg i never know that about an octopus wow i love you brave wilderness i am you bigies fan i am 10 years old and i love your Chantal i hope i spelled that right but i love all these new things i am learning 😍😍😄😄😊😊💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖 love all you guys

  16. How this guy doesn’t cuss or cry is beyond me.
    NASA shouldn’t try to get to Mars, we have to figure out the size of this mans balls first.
    Bigger than the sun.

  17. You did good till ya mentioned they were ""aliens""from another world,no goofy,,,, they are Octopuses from this world.Please say no to drugs.!!

  18. fish weever fish {pl} [family Trachinidae] Petermännchen {pl} [Weberfische] That little shiat with yellow eyez …Can you do?

  19. I was eating a live octopus tentacle once and got choked up on it because of how rubbery the meat is. Never liked that texture in my mouth.

  20. I miss coyote Peterson he was the only reason I watch brave wilderness I don't get to see him in any new vids any more 😓

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