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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