There is something quite otherworldly about the jellyfish. Their delicate, graceful movements through the water have an almost hypnotic quality.

Did you know there’s a place where you can swim safely amongst them?

On this edition of Saturdays Around the World, we head off in search of wonder and take you to one of the most incredible underwater places you can find. On a remote island in Palau, there is an incredible lake where jellyfish have been trapped for 12,000 years! The result is an unbelievable aquatic world, dominated by millions of beautiful Golden Jellyfish.

In this unique environment, the jellyfish have adapted to have virtually no sting, and an incredible symbiotic relationship with algae has evolved into their food source.

This is an astonishingly beautiful wonder from the natural world.

Here is a small piece from the BBC that takes us deep into this remarkable world…

Via: BBC 1

Swimming With Jellyfish!

There are actually six lakes like this one, but for conservation reasons, this is the only one where people are allowed to swim with the jellies. For those of us who may never make it to this incredible place on the globe, here is a gorgeous video of what that experience is like:

As we find ourselves inundated with the chaos around us, there is something comforting about knowing that far off on a remote island, there is a 12,000-year-old lake full of perfectly adapted jellyfish floating around, completely oblivious to the rest of the world.

Settling into an appreciation for nature is one of the best ways to remember that this is still an amazing world!

Stay beautiful & keep laughing!

-Liesl

There’s a lot more happening out there we don’t know about…

But you’re in luck! We have an entire category featuring a handful of the impressive beings that roam this earth alongside us! Just click the button below to explore…

Animals on EWC

Notes:

  1. 24 Hours on Earth. “Jellyfish Lake – 24 Hours on Earth: Preview – BBC One.”YouTube. BBC, 17 Apr. 2014. Web. 07 Jan. 2016. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzfliwW9N1A>.
  2. “My Surreal Swim With Millions of Jellyfish.” Vimeo. Mikeyk, 27 May 2015. Web. 07 Jan. 2016. <https://vimeo.com/129052571>.

Liesl Ulrich-Verderber

COO Ever Widening Circles

Liesl is a camera-toting traveler, a global story seeker, and an aspiring—but more often floundering—yoga lover. She can be found on Instagram @Liesl.UV