Search for the Mimic Octopus! | JONATHAN BIRD’S BLUE WORLD

Search for the Mimic Octopus! | JONATHAN BIRD’S BLUE WORLD


Coming up! Jonathan goes on a search for the elusive
Mimic octopus! Welcome to Jonathan Bird’s Blue World! In the previous season of Blue World, I traveled
to Dumaguete in the Philippines, for a week diving with Atlantis Dive Resort, in a search
for an elusive octopus known as the Wunderpus. The Wunderpus is a rare master of disguise
that lives in sandy habitats. But there is another, even harder-to-find
octopus that lives in this same habitat: the Mimic Octopus. To find a Mimic, I’m off again to the Philippines. But instead of Dumaguete, this time I’m
heading to the rich diversity around Puerto Galera. In the villiage of Sabang, nestled along the
beach are a bunch of dive resorts, and I’m heading to my favorite, Atlantis. The facility is a luxury dive resort catering
to discerning divers like me. It’s nice. And most importantly, it’s right on the
water. As the crew readies our boat for the day,
the divers set up their gear. I check my nitrox and then our divemaster
Felix gives us a dive briefing. Well, I’ve been diving in a lot of places
in the Philippines but never Puerto Galera. This will be my first dive here and I can’t
wait to see what we can find. They pull the boats right up on the beach
for easy access. Today I get to share a boat with my good friends
Howard and Michele Hall who are sporting their new Blue World hats! With our friend Ed Stetson, and Zach-of-all-trades
filming, we’re off. After a short boat ride, our Captain Tito
helps us don our gear, and then… One! Two Three! Go! …we’re hunting for Mimics! This sandy bottom might not look that exciting
but its full of life. A school of Striped catfish are feeding in
the sand. Nearby, a seahorse–doing its best to look
like algae. It’s so easy to miss these little guys. You have to look closely at everything you
see on the bottom. I move over to a small patch of coral, to
film some beautiful crinoids, which are plankton-feeding cousins of sea stars. Then I find a nudibranch that looks like it
has a bunch of dreadlocks. And on the dreadlocks are little patches of
algae called Zooxanthellae. This nudibranch is literally called the Solar
Powered Nudibranch because it gets most of its energy from the sun in a symbiotic relationship
with this algae. So it’s literally a solar-powered animal. I catch the shape of two eyes. I look closer, thinking I found my elusive
mimic octopus, but it turns out to be a Blue-spotted stingray hiding in the sand. It’s amazing what you find when you’re
not looking for it. I stumble across a tiny Wunderpus. You can tell it’s a Wunderpus because of
its pencil-thin arms and orange-colored bands. Meanwhile Howard is filming something intently,
so I head over to see what he has found. Wouldn’t you know it, he found a Mimic octopus! It’s easy to see how the Mimic is confused
with the Wunderpus. They both like to create banded patterns on
their skin, and they are both small, living in the same habitat. But the Mimic has more webbing between its
arms and a browner coloration. But what makes the Mimic so special, is not
how it looks, but how it acts. The Mimic octopus gets its name because it
likes to take on various shapes that some people think is mimicry. For example, when the Mimic octopus travels
across the sand, it takes on the shape and color of a flounder. A flounder is a flat fish that blends into
the sea floor. It swims like a magic carpet, just above the
sand. Is the Mimic octopus trying to look like a
flounder, or just taking on a shape which is universally effective for camouflage over
sand? But not all of its behaviors are camouflage. Sometimes the Mimic octopus dons stripes and
walks along with its arms sticking out like the spines of a lionfish. Is it trying to frighten away predators with
a Lionfish impersonation? Because this is definitely not camouflage. Sometimes the Mimic swims quickly by adopting
a torpedo shape. But it also puts on a display of stripes,
making some biologists convinced that it’s trying to look like a venomous sea snake. The various shapes and patterns that the Mimic
octopus can adopt are very impressive. And because they are not all camouflage, there
is evidence that the octopus is mimicking other animals to deter predators. The Mimic octopus eats mostly crabs and fish. It hunts for food by investigating every hole
in the sand with probing arms. The skinny little arms can fit way down into
even the smallest burrows. Like most octopods, the Mimic can create an
ink cloud. This dark cloud is meant to distract predators. While a predator is attacking the dark and
obvious ink, the octopus goes all pale and hard-to-see, while it squirts away to safety. And when underwater cinematographers just
get too annoying, the octopus can bury itself in the sand and hide. After spending nearly an hour breathing from
my scuba tank, my ability to mimic a sea creature has reached an end, and it’s time to head
back to the boat. Puerto Galera is a scuba diver’s paradise,
with a wide variety of marine life for underwater photographers and critter lovers. The Mimic octopus and Wunderpus, are just
two of the exotic creatures to be seen here. The reefs contain a variety of healthy coral
and marine animals. I could spend a month diving Puerto Galera
and never get bored. It’s no wonder Puerto Galera is so popular
with divers–there is so much to see in a small area. It’s one of the best places to see weird
and wonderful critters in the Blue World. Hey everyone, if you love Blue World and would
like to keep this great content coming, please consider making a donation to Oceanic Research
Group’s GoFundMe campaign! We could really use your help, and every donation
makes a difference!

57 thoughts on “Search for the Mimic Octopus! | JONATHAN BIRD’S BLUE WORLD

  1. Honestly, I got surprised by the sting ray under the sand ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ also, thanks Jonathan 4 visiting Philippines!!! I'm very happy you enjoyed it ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Any chance to be visiting jeju island in Korea to see soft coral. we should dive together and check beauty of soft coral. Thank you for sharing your amazing clips.

  3. You can contact me๐Ÿ˜ just add me on facebook๐Ÿ˜you can check in at "casa escondida dive resort" ๐Ÿ˜

  4. Hey Mr. Bird Iโ€™m having a hard time staying Neutral underwater at my pool classes can you tell me how to stay neutral

  5. One question Jonathan are ya comin any time soon to Jeddah or not? Just take your time
    Edit: btw i love love love your videos!!!!!!!๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘โœŒ๏ธ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฆ

  6. ๐Ÿ˜€ who doesn't love a new blue world episode?!! Thanks for all your work guys. Can't wait for the movie either!

  7. The colors only pop out so much because of the lights that they use while filming, everything just looks blue otherwise

  8. I am from Argentina, I speak a little english, with your videos I practice a lot of english, And I a Scuba diver like you!!!
    Pd: soy argentino de verdad, aca escribo en espaรฑol para que me crean, que buenos videos, prรกctico mucho Inglรฉs y aprendo mรกs del mundo del buceo y animales.

  9. As usual incredible and impressive ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ

  10. I thought youโ€™re back in the Philippines. I missed your meet and greet last time.

    PS – I still think you look Jack Lemmon ๐Ÿ˜€

  11. Hi Jonathan Bird and the BlueWorldTV crew. I am a scuba diver residence in Indonesia. I am a huge fan of this channel and would like to ask if you can follow INDONESIA DIVE COMMUNITY Facebook page for any information on diving in Indonesia. We can arrange dive trips around Indonesia. It would be such an honour if you follow this facebook page and join our dive trip. Thank you so much.

  12. welcome to the Philippines! we hope you enjoy your visit. can't wait to see more vids from the Philippines! thanks for sharing this to your channel.

  13. Wow! Welcome back Jon. Sabang is really a place for scuba divers. Glad you're enjoying diving here in the Philippines ๐Ÿ‘Œ

  14. Again a very nice video, thanks a lot for that!

    I see you are using Keldan lights, I am also considering buying/using a set of Keldan lights. But why don't you use the ambient filters for those lights? Do you have a special resason for that?

    I understood that those filters are a great advantage if there is natural sunlight in addition to the light from the Keldans.

    Please Jonathan give me advice..

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