The Girl at Jellyfish Lake

by | May 19, 2014 | Science | 0 comments

I did not have to go very far this morning to walk straight into the latest cool reef art installation.  Right outside on the corner of 12th and 4th Ave in the East Village is a temporary installation for “The Girl at Jellyfish Lake“, a series of photos from Amber Arbucci’s self portraits at the natural wonder that is Eil Malk island in Palau.  The Mastigias  papua etpisoni and Aurelia Sp. that live in the lake have evolved differently due to some rare and unusual geographic and fluid dynamic situations, essentially a freshwater reservoir sitting on top of the salinity of the ocean.  In this species, the Mastigias have slightly different appearances.  The jellies are venomous, but the level of irritation is minimal enough for people to easy dive or swim with them.  You can check out the entire series online at Amber’s site, but they are really best experienced in person as the prints are very large and enveloping.  No, really, what I just said is absolutely true.


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