One of Palau's world-famous attractions is Jellyfish Lake, where tourists can snorkel with millions of jellyfish. Although the popular myth is that they can't sting, these mastigias jellies, descendants from a single lagoon species, actually do sting but so mildly that only people with sensitive skin can feel it.
After a three-month drought in early 2016, the jellyfish started dying because the water in the lake, which has limited water exchange with the ocean and lagoon, became too warm. Now, two years on and the famous Jellyfish Lake is still empty which has been a big blow to Palau's tourism. This happened before during the 1998 El Nino, when it took two years for the lake to recover. Luckily, the polyps by which the jellyfish reproduce are still present in Jellyfish Lake, so the jellyfish population is expected to recover to its former glory once the water cools off.
Koror State, who collect $50 for each tourist visiting the lake, has lost millions in revenue over the last two years. One suggested strategy to remedy the situation was they should spend some money on having a couple of large loads of ice dumped in the lake to speed up the process. Hmmm… we're not convinced! 📸: @mantaguy
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