Yikes. You’re about to swim in a lake brimming with 21 million jellyfish. What’s that? They’re totally harmless? Well that takes the sting out of it. Go for a dive right into Jellyfish Lake and figure out how this is possible!
Cut off by the sea 10,000 years ago, these jellyfish decided to give their species a makeover. Enter the all new improved jellyfish 2.0. – the golden jellyfish. With no natural predators, these bad boys lost their stings and instead evolved into sun worshippers in the Western Pacific.
Bereft of their usual stingy impulses, these reformed souls have perfected their 9 to 5. All day, every day, they chase the sun across the water.
What makes these creatures so isolated, is also what makes this swim not-so-accessible. Head to Micronesia and join in the sun pilgrimage – to an island 600 miles east of the Philippines. You then have a pretty huge hill to hike over to reach the lake. We’re talking in between the map creases here. It takes over 24 hours to reach this archipelago from both London and New York.
But the trek will be worth it. Can’t you just imagine diving into this ethereal pool of floating jellyfish. You can be bathed in the love of millions of golden jellyfish. But be careful and don’t touch or try and catch them. Though these beautiful creatures don’t sting, they’re still vulnerable. Also, we don’t want them to get any ideas and evolve into the terrifying and super stingy Jellyfish 3.0.
You can see why the jellyfish weren’t too fussed about being stranded on Palau. If you’re going to be trapped in a lake forever we can think of worse places than surrounded by azure blue seas, luscious vegetation and with an average yearly temperature of 30°C.
Hats off to Darwin on this one. Amen to evolution at its coolest. We’re booking flights to the sunny side now.
Head over to Jellyfish Lake, Palau in Micronesia. All in the Western Pacific Ocean.
Accessible anytime of the year, although there is more rain on Palau between July and October.
What you need to know:
If you attempted this anywhere else in the world you would be in a lot of pain. It’s just a happy coincidence that the only friendly jellyfish on the planet live on a paradise island.