Jellyfish Lake is a marine lake on one of the Rock Islands of Palau. To get there, the boat drops you at the pier and you then hike over a hill to the lake. We went twice. The second time, early in the morning and it was very tranquil when we arrived.
I’m not sure, but the lake seemed even saltier than the ocean.
When you get to the dock in the lake after coming back down the hill, you put on your mask, fins and snorkel and jump in. At first, it’s just a green lake. No jellies. Then, as you swim toward the sunny side, you see one jelly. Then another. Then a few more. Then the density goes up fast. Until finally, you feel like you’re swimming in a thick jellyfish soup.
The jellies keep swimming around, ensuring that they stay in the light. They do this so that the algae they’re carrying can photosynthesize for them. Over the long term, these jellies have lost their ability to sting and hunt. Instead, they’re solar energy farmers.
Snorkel site: Jellyfish Lake, Palau
Shot with Olympus OMD EM5, 8mm Panasonic fisheye lens in Nauticam housing and mini dome port, no strobes.