OK, now for a nice short one on Jellyfish Lake in beautiful Palau.
I’ve been lucky enough to go to diving in Palau twice, so far – thanks to Ocean Horizons Scuba here in Brooklyn and Sam’s Tours there in Koror. Each time, I’ve visited this unique marine lake on Eil Malk, one of the Rock Islands that comprise the stunning island nation.
A visit to Palau really has to include a trip to Jellyfish Lake, where you can swim around, surrounded by thousands of golden jellyfish – all stingless (…or very close. Read this article from the NWF for more in-depth science and busted myths behind these critters). There are a few other species in the lake, but you likely wouldn’t notice – the golden jellies are the main show, and they. are. everywhere.
The photo ops are endless. Everyone comes away with a lot of cool pictures like these – just two of several that I took.
It is one of the coolest, freakiest dive sites, ever. Though it’s not actually a “dive” spot – you’re permitted only to swim or snorkel, so the animals and habitat are not disrupted.
I think that’s why I got such a kick out of this new YouTube video that’s bouncing around the internet. It shows some kind of camera-rigged drone, that flies above and then dives right down into the lake. Great footage, from a very cool perspective. Check it out right here.
The video also captures the drone flying over the Sea Passion – coincidentally the same hotel we’ve stayed in – and across the small lagoon with the shallow WW2 wreck, and then over toward Sam’s Tours – a lovely and very nostalgic little route for me. (Can’t wait to go back!)
Overall, it is really neat and well done – thanks to Andrea Esty. Hope to meet you some day.
Reading about this drone business, I also found some interesting articles like this one, on the possibility of Palau using drone technology to patrol its vast, protected waters. It may help the country’s bold stance as general marine sanctuary (as of Feb. 2014!) and as the first declared shark sanctuary (since 2009!).
But that’s another post, for another day…
Until then – thanks, all!