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In Malaysia there is an island known for more sea turtles than virtually anywhere on Earth. Jonathan visits this amazing ecosystem to learn about the life cycle of sea turtles. He is surprised to discover an amazingly complex and competitive environment. This is an HD upload of a previously released segment. ********************************************************************** If you like Jonathan Bird's Blue World, don't forget to subscribe! You can join us on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/BlueWorldTV Twitter https://twitter.com/BlueWorld_TV Instagram @blueworldtv Web: http://www.blueworldTV.com ********************************************************************** We head out towards the reefs of Sipadan island. This island is so small that you can walk all the way around it on the beach in an hour. Yet, it has a huge population of sea turtles. As the school of fish swims away, I spot my first sea turtle—a Green sea turtle swimming over the reef. It wasn’t hard because they’re everywhere. Some are swimming around, while others are napping on and in the reef. Sea turtles actually sleep underwater while holding their breath. A sea turtle can easily hold its breath over an hour! A few hundred feet away, I find a Hawksbill sea turtle munching on the reef. She is plucking out tasty sponges and invertebrates that hide in the coral, rather than eat the coral itself. It takes a tough stomach to digest this stuff. As we circle the island, I can see the tracks left in the sand by females that have climbed the beach to lay their eggs. It all starts when a male, identified by his long tail, catches up with a cooperative female and courts her. From the surface, I see the action and I prepare to film it. The mating has begun, and I quietly approach to film the action. Mating is not easy for the female sea turtle. She must swim—and rise to breathe—for both of them. The male's long tail holds the female and fertilizes the eggs, while claws on his front flippers give him the ability to grasp the female's shell. The commotion doesn't go unnoticed by other males in the area. They flock to the mating pair, which have drifted away from the reef. Eventually, no less than four additional male turtles arrive to challenge the suitor. They all try the same techniques and it is starting to wear him down. Meanwhile the female is near exhaustion. The male is only struggling to hold on….the female is struggling to survive. Hours later, the male has outlasted his rivals. He fertilizes the female's eggs and with luck his genes will continue on. As if her job weren't hard enough already, the female now faces another tremendous task--to lay the eggs—but it must wait until nightfall. After the sun sets, I head to the beach in total darkness. The females come ashore and lay their eggs in the sand. I have found a turtle hauling herself out of the water, painstakingly clawing her way up the beach to high ground. Although sea turtles live their entire lives in the ocean, they lay their eggs in a nest on the beach. After the sea turtle reaches an area well above the high tide line, she begins to throw sand around to create a pit. She's out of her element and vulnerable. The slightest sound or light would frighten her back into the water. She must stop frequently to catch her breath. Her crushing weight on land literally asphyxiates her. She begins to dig a hole about 3 feet deep with her rear flippers. The hole doesn't just protect the eggs from predators. The sex of the baby turtles is a function of the incubation temperature. A shallow nest baking in the sun will be too warm and all the babies will be female. A deep one will be too cold and the babies will all be male. Digging to the right depth insures a good mix of males and females. At last she begins to lay as many as 100 squishy eggs about the size of ping pong balls into the nest. In 2 months, these eggs will hatch and the baby turtles will emerge. After she has finished laying her eggs, she carefully fills in the hole. Then she cleverly disguises the exact location of the nest by flinging some sand around. After two hours of effort, she plods her way laboriously back to the sea, completely exhausted. Two months later, newly hatched sea turtles race to the sea. Each baby turtle must rush past a gauntlet of predators from land, sky and sea to reach the open ocean. Odds are, only one of these baby sea turtles will survive. On their journey, the sea turtles must fight their way through the surf, swim across the shallows and then make their way to the open ocean, away from predators on the reef. They won’t return to their home on the reef until they are large enough to be safe—about the size of a dinner plate. It’s a long and perilous journey but if this sea turtle survives, it may go on to live over a hundred years.
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nresolvedtension (10 days ago)
Surname:Bird Excels in underwater
Ali Said (27 days ago)
Seaturtles re amazing
Alex Lautzenheiser (1 month ago)
Sea Turtles are magnificent creatures. One dark side about Sea Turtles is that Tiger Sharks eat them. When you were swimming with Sea Turtles, there no Tiger Sharks.
Ronnie Nagy (2 months ago)
I Love Sea Turtles Their Are My Favorite Animals, ❤🐢 When I Grow Up, I Will Rescue Them From Their Extinction
Janet Brewer (2 months ago)
Dapat habang buhay kayong maghimas ng rihas mga hinayupak
ibrahim S.O.A (2 months ago)
4:35 " totally dude"
Alex Lautzenheiser (2 months ago)
When you were swimmers with the Sea Turtles, why weren't there any Tiger sharks? Tiger sharks prey on Sea Turtles like the Green Sea Turtle that I saw.
Miggy Enjambre (2 months ago)
beautiful just loving it
Rizza Mae Zubiaga (2 months ago)
I see Barnacles in sea turtle 😤😡
Elaine B (3 months ago)
It's quite amazing how each sea turtle eats different things. Greens are vegetarian when adults, though as youngsters dine on tiny fish. Then you have the hawksbills munching at sponges, while leatherbacks chow down on jellyfish. Seatigies want sea turtles to grow in number & stay healthy, so when it comes time to eat them, they're consuming nutritious meat & not rubbish (yep, literally rubbish). Me, I just want them eating real jellyfish rather than fake jellyfish (plastic waste) so we can swim without getting stung!!!
Gentleman Josh (3 months ago)
I had a pet turtle when I was a little boy aged 5 and he was a terripin, my mum named him Torkle cos that was the name of one of her uncles but he died very soon cos they don't have very long life spans.
Alien World (3 months ago)
I like tortles
Hanna Angela (3 months ago)
Try to visit Sablayan Occidental Mindoro, Philippines in Pandan Island they have sea turtles there.
Echo_the_gecko (3 months ago)
The first one looks like a hawksbill turtle but idk
Kahleia E'Loria (3 months ago)
Tail blocking at its finest!
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AzizulSampurlan (4 months ago)
I am from Malaysia, and I really proud about it. Thank you! 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻
Axhelshot Deocariza (4 months ago)
I feel sad when he say only one baby turtle can be survive.. 😢
Gage Busbee (4 months ago)
You could’ve gone to the Galápagos for this
Mohammed Alshatri (4 months ago)
We have a lot of green turtles in Yemen. Why don't you come to visit us. 🤗
mamaechon53 (4 months ago)
Im from malaysia!!!!
I am Tiffany (4 months ago)
Aww. I still hope they can all survive
I am Tiffany (4 months ago)
Napping turtle 😪😴
MichaelAaron 421 (4 months ago)
This shows me how smart see turtles are
MichaelAaron 421 (4 months ago)
Since a sea turtle is a reptile do you think you will always live in warm ocean’s
SOM funny (4 months ago)
Allahu akbar this is awesome
gago ka (4 months ago)
I really love this channel💖
BlueWorldTV (4 months ago)
Me too!
Kyla Magparangalan (4 months ago)
Out of a hundred, only one will survive? 😨😰That's...
Amirul Hafiz (4 months ago)
Sea turtles are such a wonderful animals, as a Malaysian, thank you for taking a dive in my country, Malaysia!
JerymieTV (4 months ago)
how would the babies will know whose their father? poor baby turtle.
BlueWorldTV (4 months ago)
The babies have no parents in their lives! They are born and on their own.
Zurround100 (4 months ago)
I LOVE sea turtles. I am an atheist but if I was not I would call sea turtles my spirit animal. One of the most wonderful experiences of my life was a friendly sea turtle becoming my companion while I snorkeled in Hawaii. We parted ways only when I had to leave. A human cannot stay in the water indefinitely as a turtle can.
Cayes Syame (4 months ago)
Wow! I love this wonderful genius good looking man. He's so cute.
BlueWorldTV (4 months ago)
Mad Hat32 (4 months ago)
That's sad we should definitely try and help these beautiful creatures to survive.
Jesus Fadel Ramirez (5 months ago)
QF MR (5 months ago)
Anyway I live in Malaysia Negaraku ialah Malaysia
QF MR (5 months ago)
Dream World (5 months ago)
Pringles Chapman (6 months ago)
Malaysia especially the Borneo parts's Sabah and Sarawak are incredibel beautiful places.
Eko Fernando (6 months ago)
I really like your video,can you give me knowledge about turtles because I want to learn about turtles.
Juvicel (7 months ago)
Soooo much love for sea turtles and this channel! Thank you!
Mr. Ant (7 months ago)
They were doing it on the thumbnail
Anas Faroek (8 months ago)
Im so happy you travel all tge way to malaysia! Great video jonathan😊
Agung Juanda (8 months ago)
beautiful sea turtle
Avnindra Kumar (8 months ago)
Nice video
D4RN (8 months ago)
A turtle made it to the water!
Bhavana Varma (8 months ago)
Amazing video
M B (9 months ago)
It's like d day
M B (9 months ago)
Super video. Thanks
Rocket (10 months ago)
Tourish (10 months ago)
is it me only? I felt I'm also there with them and at the same time I learned new stuff about blue world. I love this show
Familia rivera_hernadez (10 months ago)
mae berja (10 months ago)
i want a baby one
BlueWorldTV (10 months ago)
They do NOT smell good!
Tiffany Kozak (11 months ago)
I love sea turtle's I wish I could help
Alexandra Indseth (1 year ago)
Damn the female is tough as nails hahah I ain't tryna carry a guy for hours and breathe for the both of us
Alexandra Indseth (1 year ago)
Only ONE of all of those will survive?!? Wow that's so sad...
windex man1 (1 year ago)
I’m only seen one sea turtle diving, it was at Turks and Caicos
Clark Pitti (1 year ago)
love this channel just subscribed!
BlueWorldTV (1 year ago)
SWEET! Thanks! :-)
Thanks a lot for your hard work. Respect to everyone who protect nature.
We must protect these beautiful animals
Lashlie O23 (1 year ago)
The Air Bubble attack
ibrahim S.O.A (2 months ago)
Lol aww yeah
Md Hakim Ranjha (1 year ago)
Good nice
Miguel Angel (1 year ago)
What’s up with random fish just swimming in between the male and female
BlueWorldTV (1 year ago)
How rude of them!
IGameChangerI (1 year ago)
This channel is amazing.
Jhen Roma (1 year ago)
I seen a lot of your video and incredibly informative thank you. ..keep it up. .greetings from Philippines 🙋🙋🙋🙋🙋
Nature Imposter (1 year ago)
Can somebody please show this to those crazy people down in Mexico this so they stop eating the eggs! Stupid poachers.
Jeff (1 year ago)
Thank you for a vivid footage of HD resolution.
Leica Cudia (1 year ago)
Cutest babies!
Tanga Ako (1 year ago)
God bless the sea turtles in the world!
B-Rocka V (1 year ago)
I love turtles! and I really enjoyed watching ur programs!
doses and mimosas (1 year ago)
his energy is comtagious
Jade Jerome (1 year ago)
mYsticMessyMe (1 year ago)
i know we have to let the wild take over but i thought of why not keep them until they are a little bit bigger and release them to the wild cause there won't be much of a difference if they're all gonna die out there anyway and only one will survive :( too bad we can't keep them in captivity cause they won't survive in the wild :(
Miguel Angel (1 year ago)
mYsticMessyMe Too many turtles surviving it going to mess up the ecosystem and it’s also going to attract poachers again if a lot of turtles are surviving.
Dominic The legend (1 year ago)
Jonathan i am very amazed by your skills and sea turtles are very cool to me
Suguna Thamarai (1 year ago)
I ❤️ it
LOL Malm (1 year ago)
No IT is 150.000.000 yesrs
Kaj Suwanvalaikorn (1 year ago)
Wow!both beautiful and fascinating sea turtles! The babies are so cute also why do the female or male needs to hang on the males or female please answer!😅 Poor female turtles or male she or he got bitten😥
Rodney Caupp (1 year ago)
I have thousands of Turtle Fossils. It is Great to watch Live Turtles, and ""with this quality of "Dive Video", etc, I can match Forms, species, and pattern. These Fossils kill me..., they are so Beautiful. One ancient Sea Species has a front foot 32" long. TURTLE ISLAND has been found. I speak the truth....Three Meteor Impacts later. The smoking Gun is, "all of These TURTLE remains" .
Suparno Banerjee (1 year ago)
After Steve Irwin my idol is Jonathan Bird😊😊
Wafeeqah qazi (1 year ago)
It was incredible... Everything is just perfect in nature 😃
Mwali Shah world (1 year ago)
i love nAture and this channel relax me
In 3:32 you can see a moorish idol
Roy Aggabao (1 year ago)
Oh I'm crying now 😢😢😢
Redman Red (1 year ago)
Love your video
Clara Cherokee Brown (1 year ago)
At 9.44 I see the turtle crying
Dianelaine JesusLives (1 year ago)
Clara Cherokee Brown @ 9:44
Confederate Daemon (1 year ago)
Ella Clark (1 year ago)
I saw some today in the Bahamas!!🌴🐢
DreadSporeGaming (1 year ago)
I see them almost everytime I go diving
Kashou Minaduki (1 year ago)
Jebby . Fish (1 year ago)
i have watched leatherback turtles being born in puerto rico. it was beutiful
o o (1 year ago)
I like turtles
H. (2 years ago)
5:05 Squirtle use Bite! 5:14 Great now use Bubblebeam, Squirtle! 5:25 Now let's finish 'em off with Skull Bash!
katiep (2 years ago)
how old are you jonathan bye
Chris Ware (2 years ago)
the mading looks like hummpig
max atnelo (2 years ago)
thanks for the infos learned a lot.
Celine Koay (2 years ago)
Is It at Sarawak
Turtle lover 04 (2 years ago)
I subscribed. Great job on the video it's really entertaining for me
Tum Meng (2 years ago)
Description obscure beauty. ^^
Kuzins Blogs (2 years ago)
I fell bad for the female
新井JOON (8 months ago)
Well, that’s simply nature bro, 😂 everything is optimized for each of livings to survive.
hamza khan (1 year ago)
Kuzins Blogs k
addie & isabella vlog (2 years ago)
Where did you go to school for marine biology?
Ringo 1 (9 months ago)
BlueWorldTV UNH as in University of New Hampshire or New Haven?
Sinethemba Khoabane (9 months ago)
AddieGrace 28 was
addie & isabella vlog (2 years ago)
BlueWorldTV wow that's really cool. ( and thanks for the reply :))
BlueWorldTV (2 years ago)
I went to UNH for Ocean Engineering. I have no biology degree, just a lot of time in the ocean.
xuemei lu (2 years ago)
To live?!?
xuemei lu (2 years ago)
Just one baby?!?

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