Researchers discover India’s first jellyfish lake in Gujarat

Marine researchers have found a jellyfish lake in Gujarat, which is probably the first such lake in the country.

As per marine biologists, the concentration and density of jellyfish is very high in this lake. A team of researchers led by wildlife scientist BC Choudhury from the Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) found the jellyfish habitat during a routine field visit to a small town Armabada in Gujarat. 

Biologists found that the bottom of the lake, spanned over 5-6 hectares, was carpeted with a type of jellyfish known as ‘upside down jellyfish’. They are called so because they swim upside down unlike others. Another distinctive characteristic of the lake is that these jellyfish are present all around the year unlike other places where they are seasonal. As per experts, the thriving population of jellyfish in the lake might be linked to low predation.

Though jellyfish are found in various parts of coastal India but they are rarely found in lakes. Eil Malk Island in Palau is world’s renowned jellyfish lake.

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