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Monthly Archives: December 2015

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.
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Snorkel site: Jellyfish Lake, Palau

Shot with Olympus OMD EM5, 8mm Panasonic fisheye lens in Nauticam housing and mini dome port, no strobes.

 

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Another shot from Alex Mustard’s Palau underwater photography workshop.

Palau’s reefs were in great condition, teeming with fish, big and small.  Small schools.  Big schools.  Lots of kinds.

Here are lots of nice, shiny barracuda.  And one interloper.

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Dive site: Sand Bar/Shark City, Palau

Shot at 1/250th at f/8 with Olympus OMD EM5, 8mm Panasonic fisheye lens in Nauticam housing and mini dome port, two Sea & Sea strobes which I should have turned off.

 

I’m just back from Alex Mustard’s Palau underwater photography workshop.  And wow, it was big fun.

This is one of my favorite shots from the trip.  We saw turtles on many sites in Palau, but by far the most at Dexter’s Wall.  A very lovely site all around.  Sharks and lots of fish too.  Pretty hard corals.

This one makes me thing of those old constellation pictures.  Turtle up in the starry sky.
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Dive site: Dexter’s Wall, Palau

Shot at 1/200th at f/8 with Olympus OMD EM5, 8mm Panasonic fisheye lens in Nauticam housing and mini dome port, no strobes.