The latest monitoring on Palau’s popular Jellyfish Lake that was conducted by the Coral Reef Research Foundation (CRRF) on June 13 – 14 revealed that a few huge jellyfish can now be spotted in the lake; however, they remain to reproduce slowly.
CRRF Marine Lake Coordinator Gerda Ucharm, in an interview with Island Times on Friday, said that although the latest observation is far from what they can call a positive development, she however said that it is “looking good”.
“The temperature [of the lake] is not normal yet but it is cooler than last summer,” Ucharm said.
On the latest monitoring, the Lake’s temperature is noted to be at 32 degrees Celsius. The normal temperature in which the Jellies thrive the best is at anything below 31.5 degrees Celsius.
“Every month when we go to the lake, we see different sizes of jellyfish so that means they are healthy, they are reproducing, and they are going into an adult polyp that produces baby jellyfish,” Ucharm said.
Ucharm said that they were expecting the summer Westerlies which brings with it strong winds and rainfall and is good for the lake because it helps bring down its temperature and it inputs nutrients that is important to the lake. However, towards the end of May, it slowly died down.
“Usually it (Westerlies) goes on to August and mid-August [but] toward the end of May it just slowly died down,” Ucharm explained.
Another interesting observation that CRRF had is the return of the moonjellies, which is one of the two jellyfishes used to be found in the lake other than the golden jellyfish.
The disappearance of the golden Jellyfish in Palau’s famous lake was attributed to the El Niño that hit the country in 2015-2016.
According to the data from the Palau Visitors Authority, the Jellyfish lake remains to be the tourists’ commonly asked question. (Rhealyn C. Pojas)