Swimming with a turtle was magical~⠀
Until it got close to you. Then your thoughts start racing when you think of the fine for touching a turtle, it being illegal, and how you can kill the turtle for touching it... ⠀
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Good news! Palau’s Jellyfish Lake has just reopened to visitors!!!
In the saltwater lake on Eil Malk Island in the Pacific country of Palau, the golden jellyfish have no natural predators, so they have lost the evolutionary ability to sting, making it a perfectly safe and magical experience to swim among them. But, in 2016, due to an extreme decrease in their population, the lake was closed to visitors. The lake had been home to an average of 8 million jellyfish, but a drought triggered by the ocean-warming effects of El Niño caused the population to severely decline to 300,000 in 2016. Ongoing monitoring by the Coral Reef Research Foundation, however, has found that the population is rebounding, and the lake is once again open to visitors!