EVOLUTION IN ACTION:
EVOLUTION IN ACTION: JELLYFISH LAKE
Marine lakes are one of Earth’s most unique ecosystems: Once a part of the ocean, they became isolated by volcanic eruptions and set off on their own evolutionary course. While the most famous such lake is Palau’s Jellyfish Lake, there are around 200 other such lakes on the planet and many contain their own subspecies of jellyfish found nowhere else.
Follow the team to Raja Ampat, Indonesia, where scientist Dr. Lisa Becking makes landfall, trekking up a rough mountain path to dive a hidden lake and capture samples of one-of-a-kind creatures for evaluation in ALUCIA’s lab.
|LOCATION:||Raja Ampat, Indonesia|
|SCIENCE PARTNER:||Conservation International|
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Becking, L.E., De Leeuq, C., Vogler, C., 2014, Newly discovered “jellyfish lakes” in Misool, Raja Ampat, Papua, Indonesia, Marine Biodiversity 45(4).
Hoeksema, B.W., Tuti, Y., Becking, L.E., 2014, Mixed medusivory by the sea anemone Entacmaea medusivora (Anthozoa: Actiniaria) in Kakaban Lake, Indonesia, Marine Biodiversity 45(2).