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Jellyfish kisses

Ahh, jellyfish. So loved, and yet so misunderstood. Who isn’t mesmerized as we watch them drift aimlessly in the ocean or in the aquarium (but hopefully not in our bathtub.) They seem to beckon us to reach out to pet them, or at least say “hi.” But, as we get older and wiser, we soon know that touching or petting them is not the best idea when it comes to some jellyfish. Some sting you . . . and it really hurts. And others can kill you with their sting, so you have to take this seriously. Luckily most jellyfish species live in what is known as the ocean’s “Twilight Zone.” Not much is known about this dark ocean area since it is commonly misunderstood and explored. It’s not for amateurs, and even wizened divers know how to keep their bounds. But in a mangrove-fringed lake in the middle of the Western Pacific, visitors are lured from across the globe to slip into the water with millions of these quivering creatures. It’s Jellyfish Lake in Micronesia’s Palau, and it’s absolutely magical. And you can be a part of it, if you really want to. See below.

It’s quite a trek to get there, so be prepared. It’s eight hours from Honolulu to Guam, then on to Yap, and—finally—to Palau’s most populous island, Koror. But, if this is dream for you, then you can have at it. And our affiliate friends, Going, can get you there. Want to dive in? Click here. And sign up with Going to get ready for the trip of a lifetime.

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