jellyfish lake

jellyfish lake

Credit: Jungles in Paris

Diving into a jellyfish lake sounds about as appealing as sticking your head in a beehive or digging your head in the sand, when that sand is actually on a beach that's teeming with crabs.

But what if the jellyfish didn't really sting you and they looked as beguiling as these Micronesian free-swimming marine animals!?

Jellyfish Lake is an actual place in Palau, Micronesia, as you can see from the dreamy video below. The jellyfish were swept in towards the end of the last ice age, around 12,000 years ago. It's a marine lake but only connected to the ocean by underground limestone channels.

There are around 13 million jellyfish in the lake and they migrate daily around the water following the sun's rays, which also keeps them away from shade-dwelling predatory sea anemones. This predator-avoidance is thought to be why their sting is super-mild. And the lake is open to swimmers, albeit ones who don't get easily freaked out by sea creatures.

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