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  • (mysterious music)

  • - [Mark] Tonight we are on the hunt

  • for something truly bizarre.

  • As I hope to encounter the aliens of the reef.

  • (drums pounding)

  • (animal roaring)

  • (bird calling)

  • Incredibly, humans have only explored

  • around 5% of the world's oceans.

  • And with so many places left to look,

  • and marine life yet to be encountered,

  • every single dive presents the opportunity

  • to see something new and truly out of this world.

  • (beeps)

  • And at night, the odds of witnessing

  • other-worldly cephalopods goes up at least tenfold.

  • So with that in mind the crew and I

  • are setting up our gear and bringing

  • our dive lights with us on a mission to find

  • the most alien-like creatures on our planet.

  • (mysterious music)

  • My eyes struggle to scan the empty space around me

  • for a glimpse of anything.

  • But just like that, we have our first visitor.

  • (dynamic music)

  • 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 as interested in me.

  • They can be 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.

  • (dynamic music)

  • 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.

  • (whooshes)

  • 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.

  • (dramatic music)

  • 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.

  • (crunches)

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • (dynamic music)

  • 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.

  • If you thought the reef squid and the octopus

  • were bizarre just wait until you learn

  • the alien-like features of the snowflake eel.

  • Believe me, there are things about this animal

  • that will certainly shock you.

  • Click the next video to find out.

  • (animals calling)

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    masa posted on 2020/05/24
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