As the name of Jellyfish Lake wins the Sierra Club award for geographic features, the quaint and mostly landlocked body of water in the island nation of Palau (440 miles West of the Philippines), provides researchers and tourists armed with HD cameras the experience of a lifetime.
While the lake has been well-documented on film, YouTube user Mikeyk730 was able to capture this incredible footage and spares a potential global audience the over-produced nonsense overshadowing the simple beauty of nature. Tourists can obtain 10-day passes to Jellyfish Lake from the Palau government for $100.
The saltwater lake is actually joined to a nearby lagoon by a trio of constricted channels through porous limestone, which prevents stagnation and allows for reduced tides. Two species of jellyfish dominate the population and provide the visual candy, the Golden jellyfish (Mastigias papua) seen in the photo and the Moon jellyfish (Aurelia aurita). Estimates range that between 400 thousand and 8 million creatures float in the upper 40 feet of the water. Of course the discrepancy in numbers exists as climate alarmists have turned their attention to the diminutive slice of paradise, and it is of no surprise as the official wildlife area is managed by UNESCO- a known arm of the United Nations.
VIDEO: The Graceful Migration Dance in Jellyfish Lake