Snorkeling with jellies has become the next big thing in the realm of marine adventures. What can be better than traversing in the untouched, tranquil seas beneath isolated reefs with the company of a million umbrella-shaped jellyfishes? Palau Jellyfish Lake is here to bestow you a rare chance to caress a cloud of the beautiful world of jellyfish to let all your tenseness slip away from your memory and rejoice in the tenderness of our benevolent nature.
Situated in the island of Eli Malk, Republic of Palau, Philippines, this Golden Jellyfish Lake is one of the most picturesque tropical paradises in the world.
Let’s drift our thoughts back to the ancient times. It all started twelve thousand years ago when these jellyfishes got trapped in a basin on the island when the oceans subsided. Nature has been quite favorable to these tiny creatures ever since their inhabitation in the lake. As this lake lacks the presence of predators, these jellyfishes have evolved into a whole new species with an absence of stinging ability which is known to be a common forte of jellyfishes. Hence, they no longer had the need to protect themselves and also don’t pose any harm to humans. You are advised to adorn a wetsuit or any other protective clothing in this lake with jellyfish.
Here you get a chance to encounter the two most pre-eminent species of jellyfish, the Mastigias (golden jellyfish) and the Aurelia (the moon jellyfish). They share a symbiotic relationship with algae that live within them, which is a primary factor of their survival. During the nights, they travel in the depths of the lake, where the algae feed on nutrients, whereas, during the days, the swarm of jellyfishes return back to the surface and chase the sun across the lake. The jellyfishes then feed on the sugar that is derived from the photosynthesis when converted from the energy of the sun.
However, if you are thinking to scuba dive in this lake, then think twice! Beyond 50 feet (17 meters) is a nutrient rich layer that consists of hydrogen sulphide which is unfortunately toxic to human beings. Scuba diving in that layer can expose your skin to lethal toxins and prove to be very harmful.
Visitors all over the world are flocking to this lake to partake in one the most exciting adrenaline-filled adventures of their life. Treat your senses with the gentle touch of these bouncing medusas. So would you mind swimming with them?
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