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Divers film millions of friendly jellyfish in South Pacific island lake

Who knew millions of jellyfish could be this soothing?


Aja Romano


Posted on Jun 5, 2015   Updated on May 28, 2021, 3:58 pm CDT

Jellyfish Lake is a phenomenon found nowhere else on earth—a marine lake whose primary occupants are millions of beautiful jellyfish. The best part? The stings of these particular jellyfish aren’t harmful to humans.

Located in the South Pacific island nation of Palau, Jellyfish Lake is a bit out of the way for most maritime lovers. But now, thanks to new YouTube footage of an extraordinary underwater tour, we can all visit it again and again.

GIF by Aja Romano

The waters of Jellyfish Lake, currently the only marine lake in Palau that is open to tourists and snorkelers, are often too murky to make for good filming conditions, but in this video, uploaded to YouTube by user mikeyk730, the sun, the water, and the lake’s residents were all cooperating. The result is spectacular, mesmerizing footage that goes surprisingly well with a soft piano edit.

Now: Who wants to go for a swim?

Screengrab via mikeyk730/YouTube

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*First Published: Jun 5, 2015, 9:33 pm CDT