Jellyfish swarms, tourists, and the Christ-child

  title={Jellyfish swarms, tourists, and the Christ-child},
  author={Mike N Dawson and Laura E. Martin and Lolita K. Penland},
One of the most remarkable sights in the Western Pacific is a perennial swarm of 1.5 million golden medusae (Mastigias sp.) crowded into a land-locked marine lake in Palau, Micronesia. This `Jellyfish Lake' became a popular off-gassing stopover for SCUBA divers and a destination in its own right for non-diving tourists in the mid-1980s. Since then, tourism in Palau has boomed, increasing 500% between 1986 and 1997. However, in December 1998, the golden-medusae disappeared. Apart from patchy… CONTINUE READING
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