The Tidak Apa'Pa lift its anchor and sails along the island of Misool to bring us to another colorful site of Raja Ampat but also one of the most singular locations of Misool, a mythical spot of which I secretly dreamed of for many years. It is an unusual place, one of those that come to mind as they are few in this world! This place is Lenmakana Lake or Lac des Méduses. This lake is as if trapped inside one of the many islets making up the Misool archipelago.
From the outside, nothing suggests what is going on behind the imposing steep ramparts.
This is certainly one of the reasons for the late discovery of this lake in the early 2010s.
This reservoir is both a prison and an Eden for these jellyfish. It is a prison because they are confined in a tiny and restricted place.
It is also an Eden because it protects them from preda- tors and other organisms that could compete with them. Access to reach the lake is relatively short and more or less easy, except when you have a camera, housing and underwa- ter strobe weighing almost fifteen kilos. The ascent with ropes was dangerous for the equipment. But the risk was worth it. Arriving at the top of the rampart, the lake unveils through the vegetation. I can already see hundreds, no, thousands of little jellyfish on its surface. No doubt, we are in the right place. Reaching the water's edge, it is without waiting that we dive in .... without fins! Yes, in order to avoid potential damage to these small jellyfish, fins are prohibited in the lake. There are hundreds of jellyfish, Mastigias papua by their scientific name, wherever you look. But it seems that they concentrate more on the surface where the sun is present. They are much less dense in the shadows. Maybe they need the heat of the sun? For almost an hour, we completely drained the battery of our strobes in search of the ideal composition. Anyway, swimming among these beautiful harmless little jellyfish, fortunately not stinging us, will remain one of the best memories of this trip.