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    Current Kareela Weather
    A summary of the current weather conditions at our house at Kareela, Sydney, is below. Click here for more Detailed Diving Weather and Conditions. Weather from Michael McFadyen's Tempe Weather Station


    Conditions at
    23:49 on 23/1/17

     
    Temperature 25.6°C
    Humidity 65.0%
    Barometer 1003.4hPa
    Rate -0.3hPa/hr
    Wind Speed: 0 km/hr
    Wind Direction S
    Rainfall for Today 0.0mm
    Rainfall last hour 0.0 mm
    Rainfall last 24 hours 0.0 mm
    Rainfall at Start of Month 814.6 mm
    Rainfall this Year 827.0 mm
    Today's Extremes
    High Temperature 31.2°C at 15:48
    Low Temperature 20.9°C at 6:27
    Peak Wind Gust 0km/hr at 0:00
    Weather from Michael McFadyen's Kirrawee Weather Station
    Yesterday's Extremes
    High Temperature 27.5°C at 17:11
    Low Temperature 19.8°C at 6:29
    Rainfall at Start of Yesterday 827.0 mm
    Rainfall at End of Yesterday 827.0 mm
    Weather from Michael McFadyen's Tempe Weather Station
    Astronomical Data
    Sunrise 5:06
    Sunset 19:05
    Moonrise 1:09
    Moonset 15:04

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    Jellyfish Lake
    Michael McFadyen's Scuba Diving - Jellyfish Lake One of the stranger things I have done in my life is to walk hundreds of metres through rugged jungle, up a hill with dive booties, fins, mask dressed in nothing but Speedos. This was not some kind of kinky initiative, it was the start of a dive (at least a snorkel) that was unlike any I have ever done before or since.

    The country of Palau in Micronesia has many thousands of islands, some quite big, some very small and others in between. These islands have at least 30 saltwater lakes on them. One of these islands, Eil Malk Island, located 30 minutes from the populated areas of Palau, has a saltwater lake, Jellyfish Lake, located in its interior at an elevation above sea level. What has occurred is that many millions of years ago the land was raised and the lake cut off from the sea. When this happened, jellyfish of the species Mastigias were isolated from the ocean and over the years since have lost the ability to sting (the identical species in Palau Lagoon give a bad sting!).

    Jellyfish LakeJellyfish Lake
    One jellyfish in Jellyfish LakeAnother jellyfish, I did not see that many

    Once you get to the lake, you snorkel out into the middle of the lake and along the way you will find the jellyfish. They can be found in small numbers or in huge numbers that make your snorkelling seem like a jelly wrestling match. There are also some small fish and another species of jellyfish but otherwise, the lake is quite barren and dull.

    I would not give up another dive for this experience, but if it is offered to your on the way back from the Blue Hole or Blue Corner, it is possibly worth the effort.

    In summary, different but hardly outstanding.

    NOTE: Photos scanned 2011 from slides taken in 1991 using Nikonos IV-A

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