Jellyfish Lake Palau: Swimming Through Millions of Jellyfish

Jellyfish Lake Palau: Swimming Through Millions of Jellyfish

Jellyfish Lake Palau is a beautiful, dreamy short film/music video artfully filmed by photographer/videographer Sarosh Jacob, with music by Radiohead. Now, you’ve probably heard of swimming with sharks before, but swimming with jellyfish? Swimming in water that’s filled with millions of jellyfish may be most people’s worst nightmare. But for visitors to the island of Eil Malik in the Republic of Palau, it’s the main attraction.

Twelve thousand years ago these jellyfish became trapped in a natural basin on the island when the ocean receded. With no predators amongst them for thousands of years, the jellyfish evolved into a new species that lost most of their stinging ability, since they no longer had to protect themselves. They are pretty much harmless to humans, but it’s not possible to scuba dive in this lake because the nutrient rich layer at around 50 feet and below contains hydrogen sulphide that is highly toxic to humans. If a scuba diver was to swim in that layer, the toxins would enter the body through the skin and that exposure could be fatal. However, snorkeling is perfectly safe and Palau is the only place in the world where you can have the surreal experience of swimming through millions of jellyfish.

Jellyfish Lake Palau: Swimming Through Millions of Jellyfish

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Photos of the Day: Tiny Tots in Serious Peril!

Baby Discovered Hanging Under Bus

The Appalling End of Howdy Doody

The Beheaded Plat du Jour

The Tragic Remains of Forgotten Childhood

Kidnapped Barbie Found Under Virgin Mary’s Bush

Very Dirty Barbie

Photos of the Day: Tiny Tots in Serious Peril!

Photography by: Joseph O. Holmes, NYC

Pixar’s One Man Band

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Loom: A Visual Metaphor for Nature’s Cruel Cycle of Life and Death

Loom: A Visual Metaphor for Nature’s Cruel Cycle of Life and Death

Loom is a brilliant, award-winning five-minute CGI short film, made by students at the German design and storytelling collective Polynoid. Blending a variety of aesthetic and cultural influences, Polynoid’s multifaceted creative vision is nourished by interests in graffiti, nature, graphic novels, science and philosophy. With a rich observational eye for detail, Polynoid has established a strong visual language all of its own. Polynoid’s narrative technique combines new forms of storytelling with a shared interest in progressive sound design to create a minimalist, photo-real and abstract sensory experience.

Loom won The Best In Show at Siggraph, 2010, and just recently won the Best Animated Movie Award at Sehsüchte 2011 in Potsdam, Germany. Loom explores natural causal cycles through the visual metaphor of a moth caught in a spider’s web. The story of the moth’s drowning reveals a larger range of thematic concerns  about life and death from a tale told on a micro scale. The full-version of the film is presented below:

Loom: A Visual Metaphor for Nature’s Cruel Cycle of Life and Death

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