Snapshot: One in a Million

Bucas Grande

Tojoman Lagoon

Bucas Grande Islands, Socorro, Surigao del Norte

One of the attractions of Bucas Grande Islands in Socorro, Surigao del Norte is the Tojoman Lagoon, home to millions of non-stinging jellyfish.

The jellies are the species called Spotted or Lagoon Jelly with scientific name Mastigias papua. They are mostly brown with white spots and characterized by several smaller mouth openings in their oral arms that feed on plankton. Their lifespan is observed to last only for approximately four months and are active primarily on summer when the water temperature is warm.

In Tojoman Lagoon, their population peaks to million during summer specially during the month of April and May. However, with the changing season, the pattern changed recently. In my last visit this April, there were just only few adults and a lot of small ones. They are expected to peak by June.

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  1. doniedaexplorer

    panalo itong lugar na ito.. 3x na akong pumunta sa lugar na ito,, hindi nakakasawa ang lugar, tuwing balik ko dito para pa rin akong bagong dating amaze na amaze pa rin ako, lalo na sa non sting jellyfish..

  2. super ganda toto angel. Hangganda!. Parang nakalutang sa hangin, kahit nasa tubig siya.

  3. Ang ganda! Dapat talaga may underwater camera pag pupunta dito. This month hopefully!!

    1. Yep. That’s why I went back. I did not have an U/W cam the first time I went three years ago :))

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