Photograph courtesy: Wikimedia Commons

Photograph courtesy: Wikimedia Commons

Nature is basically all that we have and yet, we haven’t been able to explore all of it! From the Lonar Lake in India to the Yoho National Park in Canada, the Grand Canyon in the US and Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, mother Nature has her own unique ways of creating some of the most exquisite wonders of the world. And since we’re in love with how breathtaking these natural wonders are, we bring to you, 21 amazing natural wonders of the world. This time, we bring to you the 1200 years old Jellyfish Lake in Palau. Also Read - 12-Year-Old Noida Girl Books Flight For Three Migrant Workers From Her Savings, Jharkhand CM Thanks Her

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Th Republic of Palau is an island nation comprising of 250 islands and is home to this one-of-a-kind jellyfish lake in the world. Locally called Ongeim’l Tketau, it is a saline marine lake located on  Eil Malk island in Palau. The lake is connected to the Pacific Ocean with the help of tunnels and limestone fissures. The lake is about 30 m deep  and is home to two types of jellyfish — the golden jelly fish and the moon jellyfish.

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Generally, jellyfish don’t have a set sense of direction and float according to the current. However, one of the few types of jellyfish that migrates from one end of the lake to the other and back every single day. The golden jellyfish follow time with the movement of the sun. The best part about the lake is that it’s open to travelers for swimming and snorkelling. This is possible only because the jellyfish in the lake have lost their ability to sting in the course of time.

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The lake has two layers, one is oxygenated and the other is anoxic which is divided by a layer of photosynthetic sulphur bacterium. While the top oxygenated layer of the lake is where the jellyfish live, the bottom of the lake is clear and pretty much lifeless due to the high amount of hydrogen sulphide. The two layers of the lake don’t mix because of the layer of bacteria. This is one of the reasons why diving is prohibited in order to prevent the layers mixing up that would probably intoxicate the whole lake.

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