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Capo Orso owes its name to the large bear-shaped rock that dominates the surrounding landscape from the top of 120 meters of granite high relief. Shaped through the millennia by the eroding action of wind and other atmospheric agents, the rock, dating back to the end of the Paleozoic, has finally taken on the contour of a bear intent on keeping its guard on the sea strait between the coast of Palau and the island of La Maddalena.

While the upper plateau of the famous Blue Corner reef at a depth of 10m hardly has any large corals (the storms are too strong at this exposed point), larger coral formations can survive at 17m. They offer shelter to several fish species. Blotcheye Solderfishes Myripristis berndti occurs in the Indo-Pacific and the Eastern Pacific in a depth range from 3 to 160m, feeds mainly on plankton such as crab larvae. Max. length 30cm, common 22cm. Common Bluestripe Snapper Lutjanus kasmira occurs throughout most of the Indo-Pacific region in a depth range from 2-265m, common length 25cm, max. 40cm. In daytime, this species forms nearly stationary schools and feeds individually by night on crustaceans and fishes. Blue Corner, Palau 7°8'3.65 N 134°13'10.52 E at 17m depth.

There are about 70 marine lakes located throughout the Rock Islands, but the Jellyfish Lake is the famous one. Millions of golden jellyfish migrate horizontally across the lake daily. Jellyfish Lake is connected to the ocean through fissures and tunnels in the limestone of an ancient Miocene reef. However the lake is sufficiently isolated and the conditions are different enough that the diversity of species in the lake is greatly reduced from the nearby lagoon. The Golden Jellyfish, Mastigias cf. papua etpisoni in this lake has evolved to be substantially different from the close relatives Mastigias papua living in the nearby lagoons, they lost lost most or all of the blue pigmentation, they have a reduction in the number, length and thickness of the terminal clubs , and they are non-stinging, so swimming in that lake is truly magical! Populations of older marine lakes often have medusae with no terminal clubs and when present, the terminal clubs are only about 0.17 of the bell diameter in length. Palau, 7°9'39.06" N 134°22'30.68" E at 0.5m depth

The species occurs in the tropical Pacific Ocean from Bali to Australia and New Caledonia in a depth range from 5-60m, more common at oceanic islands than on continental reefs, max. length 20cm. The species forms plankton-feeding aggregations high about outer reef slopes with far more females than males. Because the red and low-energy light from the flash is filtered out after a short distance, the fishes that are further away appear significantly more blue. Palau, Micronesia, 7°8'14.72 N 134°13'19.09 E at 11m depth

This young Palauan girl is dressed up on a handmade (by her) skirt and top with a long string of very valuable Palauan money beads. She is participating in Palau's unique First Born Ceremony.

Female scuba diver encounter with two Manta Rays in German Channel. The Republic of Palau and their islands are a unique destination for dive lovers with pristine reefs and abundant marine underwater life.

Barcelona, Spain - July 6, 2015: The Palau de la Generalitat is a historic palace in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. It houses the offices of the Presidency of the government of Catanonia. People are walking by square.

Female diver behind a big sea fan by the dive spot called Big Drop-Off (Ngemelis Wall). The drop-off starts in extremely shallow water and falls to depths greater than 900ft. Palau has incredible dives to offer including the drop off's where the dives come along walls covered with stunning corals.

Barcelona, Spain - July 6, 2015: The Palau de la Generalitat is a historic palace in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. It houses the offices of the Presidency of the government of Catanonia. People are walking by square.

Female scuba diver encounter with a Manta Ray in German Channel. The Republic of Palau and their islands are a unique destination for dive lovers with pristine reefs and abundant marine underwater life.

Manta ray feeding in the famous dive spot German Channel. Manta ray in shallow waters eating small a "brunch" of fishes. These big mantas have a tactic to push the schools of fishes toward the surface, when they are eaten in a frenzy feeding action. They are filter feeders and eat large quantities of zooplankton, which they swallow with their open mouths as they swim.

Two SCUBA divers starting a dive into Turtle Cove, famous dive site of Palau. The photo was taken from 8m depth. Turtle Cove starts with a small blue hole on the top of the reef, and a big cavern. It serves as an entrance to a wall full of caves, arches, and swim-throughs. This dive site is presented by an upright wall going down for 65m and a plateau. Palau 7°5'10.82 N 134°15'33.56 E at 8m depth

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