Following a two year closure, the Jellyfish Lake, situated in Palau, has now reopened.
The Ongeim’l Tketau Jellyfish Lake, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, closed for several years to allow its dwindling jellyfish population to regrow and recover.
Government officials announced the reopening back in December, expressing confidence that the jellyfish population were rising back to acceptable levels. While not at the most optimal figures, key stakeholders determined that the current numbers would be adequate in providing visitors with an immersive and fulfilling experience.
The sharp decline in numbers of jellyfish that led to its closure was attributed by experts to the drought conditions that affected Palau in 2016. The lake has historically been hit by similar circumstances, back in 1998, and in 2006, with experts crediting the decline to the result of the El Nino.
The Jellyfish Lake is one of Palau’s most famous tourist attractions. Visitors can dip themselves in the waters and swim alongside the jellyfish. Though the jellyfish sting, their stingers are insignificantly small for humans to feel. Those who wish to visit the lake have to be accompanied by a qualified tour guide. Scuba diving is prohibited, as the bottom layer contains poisonous hydrogen sulfide gas that is currently secured by a layer of impenetrable bacteria.