Monday, April 7, 2008

Jellyfish Lake - Palau

Jellyfish Lake is a well-known dive site in the Pacific island of Palau. It is one of the rock islands, a series of small, rocky, uninhabited archipelagos off the coast of Koror. Jellyfish Lake is completely isolated, but in the distant past, it had an outlet to the ocean. The outlet was closed off and the high jellyfish population was isolated and started to feed on quickly-reproducing algae. Contrary to popular belief, the jellyfish of Jellyfish Lake do have small stinging cells, or nematocysts. However, because the stinging cells are so tiny, their sting is not detectable on most human tissue, so tourists can enjoy swimming with them much closer than would be possible anywhere else.

At night, the jellyfish descend into a layer of hydrogen sulfide which is found below 15-20m of depth.

credited to wikipedia and flickr users: tobze, MJB Taiwan, phillytsang, Danburg Murmur, Patrik Nilsson, badrinat, scubaschnauzer, Fishmike

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Truly incredible!

Anonymous said...

WHY THE HELL WOULD YOU GET IN THAT WATER?

Anonymous said...

Not all jellyfish sting.

Joe Talbot said...

I was there about 45 days ago. In fact, when this page came up, I thought that it was one of my own pictures.

It was a hike to get up the hill and then down to the lake, but it was beautiful.

It was also a little weird swimming around and feeling the "jelly blobs" bumping into you. After you started believing that there was REALLY no sting, it was kinda cool.

One of the many amazing places in Palau! I'm going back!

Anonymous said...

These jellyfish have evolved, they do not have stingers, in fact they have a garden within their bodies. A very strange event in evolution.

Anonymous said...

It appears most of the commenters did not even bother to read the article. It clearly states, contrary to popular myth, the jellyfish do have stingers, but that they are very tiny and undetectable to most humans.

Anonymous said...

wtf ur grosssse

Anonymous said...

I am originally from Palau and I have only been to the lake twice... it should be made one of the eight wonders of the world!!! I LOVE PALAU!!!

Anonymous said...

Hey so i am really interested in going there around how muc does it cost?

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