The Mystery of Ancient Kakaban Lake
Have you ever felt a sensation of diving along with thousands of jellyfish that float around you? If not, you must try it although just once! Come to Kakaban Lake. In brackish water lake Kakaban you will witness the thousands of jellyfish swim in waters. Jellyfish Lake is one of the uniqueness of Kakaban nature that given by God to mankind. Miracles do not ever go on sale in any place. Yes, in this world there are only two such lakes, Lake Kakaban in Kakaban Island, part of Derawan Islands, East Kalimantan and the other is a lake in the Palau Islands, Micronesia,
In 1929 to 1930 the expedition Senellius I, a researcher, Kuenen presented their research in geological approach. He collected seafloor sediments. He said that the geology Kakaban formed atolls (coral) are lifted from the oceanic plate. From the depths of approximately 200 to 300 meters. Land in the middle and then drowned. Atoll rising to a height of 40 to 60 meters above sea level. This process takes between one and two million years old
Just for you know, that the expedition Snell-I conducted in 1929-1930 by the Dutch Colonial Government of the Netherlands in the waters of eastern Indonesia. This expedition includes some aspects and marine disciplines. In this expedition Dr. Philip Kuenen; young marine geologist who later became famous for leading marine geologist have participated. Snell-II Expedition in 1984-1985 is also held in the waters of eastern Indonesia. A second expedition was organized in partnership between the Government of the Netherlands (such as the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences; Netherlands Institute for Sea Research) and the Government of Indonesia (including Indonesian Institute of Sciences; Development Center Marine Geology). In this expedition; PPGL given responsibility for the theme-I (Geology and Geophysics of the Banda Arc and adjacent areas)
In Lake Kakaban there are four types of jellyfish that inhabit the lake Kakaban. All four, including endemic. They are, Cassiopeia ornata, Tripedalia cytophora, Mastigias papua and Aurelia aurita. The two latter types do not have the ability to sting and the majority number in the lake.
Some researchers and tourists have proved the truth of jellyfish that does not sting. They swim and dive in water and then put the jellyfish on the palm of their hand. Directly touch the jellyfish with their bare skin and it's true, Lake Kakaban jellyfish does not sting. This one kind of jellyfish that you will never find on the sea.
In this ancient lake, tourists will witness the beauty of so many small fish that swim in the lake. Occasionally you will see Anemone. A kind of jellyfish predators. It is white, having many legs or tentacles are clear. They are ready to suck unsuspecting jellyfish. Lake Kakaban long evolutionary process bring the magic and its own beauty. Just come once in your life time or you will regret, have missed the thrill of natural beauty beyond your imagination.
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