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Every day, millions of golden jellyfish migrate across Palau’s aptly named Jellyfish Lake, following the sun’s rays to encourage photosynthesis in the symbiotic algae that live in their bodies. While guiding a snorkeling trip, photographer Ethan Daniels, who lived in the island nation for nine years, photographed one of his clients swimming among them. “We’ve been brought up thinking jellyfish sting and to stay away,” says Daniels, but thousands of years of isolation have left the invertebrates with drastically weakened venom. “Being in a lake with millions of them, these pulsating animals that look like UFOs, bouncing off you harmlessly—there’s nothing else like it.” #tbt July issue, 2010 | OutsideOnline.com

55 Comments

  • 24w ago krosterhus krosterhus

    That's amazing.

  • 24w ago amandas.official amandas.official

    Love the green! 💙

  • 24w ago yelefish yelefish

    Jellyfish bouncing off you is the weirdest feeling!

  • 24w ago justinhofman justinhofman

    @outsidemagazine the lake is closed and will be for at least the rest of the year. The adult jellies all died during a recent drought. It has happened before and they recovered but it's still too early to know if there were any surviving juveniles to repopulate the lake.

  • 24w ago juliemash juliemash

    @nikkki_west yessssssss!! I hope the moon jellies are out and about in the bay.

  • 24w ago alexpalmer_24 alexpalmer_24

    Really rate this.

  • 24w ago yogakels yogakels

    I just arrived back home from Palau last night. Jelly fish lake should remain closed to people completely and sad they ever let tourists into that lake. Yes they had a drought which is maybe 50% of the problem with the massive die off of this unique and specific species, but the chemicals and sunblock people brought into this lake poisoned the perfect eco system that lived here without humans for thousands of years. The drought was only part of the problem. Why can't we just observe? Although I found it fascinating, and I'm an adventurous gal, I never had the urge to jump in and touch them. Feels like common sense. Just another of nature's gems hurt by people going too far. Palau is truly a remarkable gift of nature and hoping it becomes a role model for what could be if we stopped over consuming.

  • 24w ago yogakels yogakels

    @outsidemagazine

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    @ribescookies

  • 24w ago joaniecas joaniecas

    @libzey Would you?

  • 24w ago mdimoush mdimoush

    Stunning.

  • 24w ago ryanwadge ryanwadge

    @thecandyandy @tessa_netelbeek @tylercrouse this is legit on my bucket list. You guys down?

  • 24w ago thecandyandy thecandyandy

    @ryanwadge @tessa_netelbeek @tylercrouse ew

  • 24w ago cleon138 cleon138

    @dhowell91

  • 24w ago symiyogaretreat symiyogaretreat

    :)

  • 24w ago savoirstore savoirstore

    Vibes 👌🏽

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    😍😍

  • 24w ago alaskas_gold_creek_lodge alaskas_gold_creek_lodge

    This is incredible!

  • 24w ago grgear grgear

    ✌️🚐✌️

  • 24w ago peaksandshores peaksandshores

    Bucket list!

  • 24w ago 1_mechul_1mechul 1_mechul_1mechul

    🙌👌

  • 24w ago legslikesprings legslikesprings

    Yes. Yes. Yes. Yesssssss

  • 24w ago 666funland 666funland

    @yogakels Yes. And this person had to dive in with fins?!

  • 24w ago cramd cramd

    Electrifying.. Check out some of my work..

  • 24w ago ventures_with_victoria ventures_with_victoria

    I went to Jellyfish Lake back in 2012 and it was truly incredible. Hopefully the jellies will bounce back like they did after a previous El Niño. The tour companies in Palau are extremely eco-friendly and really care more about protecting the environment than monetary profit. Some tourists, however, don't seem to understand that "no sunscreen" makes don't freaking put on sunscreen before going in the lake.

  • 24w ago ventures_with_victoria ventures_with_victoria

    *means

  • 24w ago smoreconnoisseur smoreconnoisseur

    @kympham

  • 24w ago sailbainbridge sailbainbridge

    This is incredible!!!

  • 24w ago kympham kympham

    @smoreconnoisseur YESSS !! SUCH an incredible feeling and experience ✨✨✨(I was giggling the entire time underwater)

  • 24w ago tessa_netelbeek tessa_netelbeek

    @ryanwadge @thecandyandy @tylercrouse you know I'm down, but only if I can wear something that covers me completely 😳

  • 24w ago jonesn jonesn

    @501christy

  • 24w ago doitravel doitravel

    This is awesome!

  • 24w ago gloegloe gloegloe

    It was incredible. I'll never forget floating in the warm water and feeling soft kisses on my skin as the jellys swam by. Thank you for sharing this great photo.

  • 24w ago lisacalexander lisacalexander

    @delvaje

  • 24w ago nestbyegoe nestbyegoe

    Nice

  • 24w ago abiggerworld abiggerworld

    Wow!! So cool! 🐬🐟🐠

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  • 24w ago bumpmanc bumpmanc

    outsidemagazine Immensely fabulous :-)

  • 24w ago dronepals dronepals

    outsidemagazine Where did you take this

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