I’ve never really given serious thoughts to keeping a bucket list. But if I do keep one, visiting the jellyfish lake in the Republic of Palau would be my number one item. (First I would need to learn how to swim, though)
Can you imagine? Swimming with thousands of jellyfish!
The video’s creator Sarosh Jacob gives a fascinating background about the jellyfish lake:
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, they evolved into a new species that lost most of their stinging ability as they no longer had to protect themselves. They are pretty much harmless to humans although some people with very sensitive skin may get a minor sting from them…
These fascinating creatures survive by sharing a symbiotic relationship with algae that live inside of them. At night, the jellyfish go down to the depths of the lake where the algae feed on nutrients. During the day, the jellyfish come back to the surface and follow the sun across the lake in a massive migration. The algae convert the energy of the sun via photosynthesis into a sugar that feeds the jellyfish.
So magical… *sigh* Don’t know when I’ll be able to visit them in person, but for now, let’s enjoy the video.
p.s. if you’re interested in watching, here’s my attempt of making a jellyfish video while visiting Hong Kong :D