Much has been said and written about how dangerously fatal can a jellyfish sting to humans. I even read some articles that there were people who naively swam on the beach, got stung by these soft brainless creatures and cost their lives. Because of this, I had reservations and apprehensions of being near it and much more letting this gelatinous umbrella shaped creature in contact with my skin. But, there is a place in the Philippines where you can find a "gentle jellyfish" believed to be harmless. More known to be found in Palau, these white spotted golden yellow jellyfish (Mantigias cf Papua etpisoni) were also seen in Sohoton, Bucas Grande Islands at the municipality of Socorro Surigao del Norte. These stingless jellyfish has become one of the popular tourist attraction of this island.
After our Sohoton Cove tour, we went back to Sohoton Visitors Center to transfer to a smaller banca (boat) manned by a paddler because bigger boats won't fit to pass through the small opening of the Jellyfish Sanctuary. Going there will take about 30 minutes paddling from the reception center. Good thing the banca had an extra paddle, I was able to helped which took us a few minutes shorter to reached the sanctuary. Paddling was never that hard because there were only two of us (me and the paddler) on the boat. I actually had a great time doing that activity.
Just like in Sohoton Cove, the water in the Jellyfish Sanctuary was calm and motionless. The only sound that we heard while cruising around were the gentle rippling noise produced by the water and the paddle with the whimsical singing of the birds nesting on the abundant foliage that grew on the limestone wall surrounding this lagoon. The serene waters was crystal clear that you can actually see the corralled walls under it. The sight was enchanting.
The whole experience of communing with these creatures was overwhelming and definitely an unforgettable one.
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Enchanted by Sohoton Cove of Bucas Grande