Surrounded by Razor Toothed Barracuda!

(dramatic music) (gentle music) – And we’re back. My name’s Mark Vins, and I
hope you’re excited as I am for another Blue Wilderness adventure. On this dive, Mario and I
will be trying something a little bit different. Today, we’re going to
challenge ourselves to see just how many creatures we
can spot on a single dive. Sure, some of our adventures
require multiple dives and even days to get
the footage we’re after. But one thing that draws me
to the ocean is just how much can be seen each and every
time we’re underwater. In many ways, the core
of ocean exploration is the infinite potential
to witness the unexpected. And today, my goal is to show
you just what I mean by that. Right now, we’re off the coast of Bimini at a dive site called the El Dorado Shoal. We only have one take, Mario,
so we gotta make this count. You ready?
– I’m ready! – All right, let’s get in the water, and see what we can find. (water bubbling) All right. Okay, that’s better. Wow, the water is really clear today. Okay, let’s go see what we can find first. Let’s check over here. I already see some reef fish. And nice, there’s a, wow! That is a Queen Angel fish. Definitely a stand out
of the crowd species. Look how colorful it is. All right, moving on. Okay, yeah, here we go. That is a Spiny Lobster. And two of them. Now they don’t have
claws like true lobsters but get this, they can navigate at night using the Earth’s magnetic
field like a compass. And that’s pretty cool if you ask me. All right, let’s cover some more ground. Hey Mario, let’s head this way. Oh, okay, we’ve got our first shark here. That’s a Nurse Shark, which
are usually not aggressive. So, let’s see how close we can get. Come on, come on back. Sometimes I feel like if
I put out a positive vibe for an animal to approach it tends to happen. (calm music) Well, that’s it I guess. First shark in the books anyway. So, this whole area is surrounded by these crater like
depressions line the reef. Let’s go investigate one
to see what we can find right on the edge. Oh, check this out. Hello? Hello, Coyote? Okay, Mario, it’s for you. (bubbles escaping) Oh, oh well, short call I guess. That was Coyote. I never know where he is anymore. Okay, let’s try this one. Ooh, I spy some razor sharp teeth in the mouth of that Barracuda. But luckily for us they
rarely attack divers. See ya later. Okay, now is a good time to check our air. Looks like I have just
over 2200 pounds, Mario. Plenty left, how about you? Okay, awesome. Good to go. Okay, let’s go scan for something
interesting around this. Man that is cool looking. Whoa, okay, now this is great. Do you see it? That is a Yellow Stingray and yes, they do have a venomous barb so we do need to be careful. And look, there’s another one. Oh, this one’s on the move. Let’s try to follow it. (whooshing) Oh, that is so awesome. Look at how they can glide and then come to a complete
stop almost instantly. Although this is a smaller
species of stingray they’re still one of the
most interesting animals to come across because
their skeletons like sharks are not made of bone,
but actually cartilage. Well, we got a great shot there, Mario. Ha, ha, got that one
swimming off perfectly. Boom! Well, we’ve seen a lot
of creatures already. This shoal is really home to
an abundance of reef species. Plus, let’s be honest,
it’s quite breathtaking. All right, we’ve got another
great angel fish here, but we’ve already seen one of these. Let’s look for something else. Let’s go check over here. I’ve got a good feeling
about this outcrop. Oh, look at that. We have a nice school of
Atlantic Pork fish passing by. Not sure why they’re called pork fish but that’s their name. Oh, there’s a cave. This is worth a look. Look at how colorful the reef gets when you’re out of the direct sunlight. Way less blue. And look, you can see
right through it, too. Don’t think I can fit
through there though. (dramatic music) Uh-oh, we’re surrounded. Let’s just stay calm here. There are about 50 or so
barracuda all around us. So, the best thing to do
right now is to stay put. Like I said before, barracuda rarely attack divers unprovoked. They’re known for being
aggressive for sure. One of the fastest predators
out here in the reef system but the good news is they only seek fast and distressed prey, which we
are definitely not right now. But being surrounded by
this many razor sharp teeth certainly gets my heart racing. Looks like Mario’s doing a great job of staying calm as well. Get that shot buddy! Okay, by the looks of
things they’ve accepted that we’re not food so
let’s carefully proceed. There they go. Wow, I did not expect
that to happen today. That is a first for me. Now how about that for some excitement on a single tank dive. Yeah, all right, time to
head back to the boat. Man, what a great way to end the trip. El Dorado Shoal was incredible. We saw everything from yellow sting rays to spiny lobsters. At one point we were completely
surrounded by barracuda and we even had a close
encounter with a nurse shark. If you guys like these
videos make sure to tell us in the comment section below where you want us to go next. I’m Mark Vins, be brave, stay wild. We’ll see ya on the next dive. If you like seeing us surrounded
by dozens of barracuda Make sure to go check out the time I got to pet a porcupine fish and an even more unexpected
marine life encounter. And don’t forget, subscribe and click the notification bell to join me and the crew on our next Blue Wilderness adventure. (howling)

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