You'll find Jellyfish Lake on a rocky, uninhabited island off the coast of Koror in Palau. The photos are surreal and a bit terrifying, but there's surprisingly not much to be afraid of here. There are no threats to the jellyfish in this saltwater lake, which is why there are upwards of 10 million there. And, lucky for them, these jellyfish have had no predators to protect themselves against while gliding through their watery jellyfish kingdom. Because they don't need to use their stinging cells, those zappers have shrunk so small that they can barely penetrate human skin. Great news for divers. (Psst—if you're somewhere with more harmful jellyfish and get stung, do not pee on that sting.)
A lake bursting with jellyfish sounds dangerous. But in Jellyfish Lake on the Pacific island of Palau, you're at no risk among the millions of golden jellyfish. Yes, millions. Dive right in.
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Millions of jellyfish reside in Jellyfish Lake on Eil Malk island in Palau. 00:28
The jellyfish in Jellyfish Lake survive on algae inside their bodies that turn sunlight into sugar. 00:41
The jellyfish in Jellyfish Lake drift along the surface so the dawn sunlight feeds the symbiosis that keeps them alive. 01:55