Brave Snorkeler Swims With Jellyfish In Palau

wanderlust1976Published: July 23, 2015Updated: July 24, 2015309,931 views
Published: July 23, 2015Updated: July 24, 2015

Palau is an archipelago of more than 500 islands, part of the Micronesia region in the western Pacific Ocean, well known for its scuba-diving and snorkeling sites. The lakes are on limestone islands fed with sea water through cracks and fissures in the rocks. When the sea level rose following the end of the ice age, jellyfish became trapped in the lake. As there are no predators for the jellyfish to fend off, they lost their ability to sting through evolution. That's why you can safely swim with these creatures!

Jellyfish have been known to roam the Earth’s oceans for the past 500-700 million years and this fact makes them the oldest living multi-organ animal. They are made out of gelatinous bell-shaped top with tentacles coming from the inner side of the bell, just like an umbrella. This shape enables them to poison their prey with their tentacles and trap it under the bell. Their sting varies according to the potency of the poison needles hiding in the tentacles. Some of them might cause slight itching, while others can become lethal in a matter of seconds.

Even though these jellyfish aren’t as scary as their ocean relatives it is still an eerily beautiful sight. How crazy is this moment? What would have you done in this situation? Would you dare entering this pool filled with thousands of jellyfish? Let us know in the comment section.

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