When people enthusiastically talk about their favorite underwater animal encounters, most divers will mention whale sharks, manta rays, turtles etc… and while these are animals that certainly get your heart racing (they definitely do for me!), there is something about the majestic jellyfish that makes my heart sing with every graceful movement.
Much like sharks, Jellyfish tend to bring out feelings of fear and apprehension amongst scuba divers, snorkelers and swimmers alike…Understandably, since their tentacles are widely known to cause a world of pain if touched – even I have experienced the indescribable agony of being stung by the infamous Box Jellyfish. But rather than associating all Jellyfish with fear, that experience was a sobering reminder that all creations of nature are to be respected and appreciated. I have come across many different types of Jellyfish in nearly 3 years of living on Koh Tao and each encounter has had me researching more and more information about them. Here are some of my photos and a few little fun facts about these incredible creatures:
So there you go… a few fun and interesting facts about Jellyfish! Needless to say, I love and adore all jellyfish and would never hesitate at the chance at being in the water with them whether snorkelling or diving. They are totally fascinating and gorgeous animals with mesmerizing movements that actually has a calming effect… just please remember that all marine life should be respected – and maybe a small healthy dose of fear doesn’t hurt 🙂