The Island of Kakaban is an excepfora marine environment. An uplifting in the area during Holocene transgression, about 19000 BC has left 5 sq kilometers of seawater trapped within a 50 meter (165 ft) ridge, turning the area into a landlocke marine lake. The only other know lake of such nature found in Palau, Micronesia, is a desert compared to kakaban.

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Some of the strangest species and typical behavios are observed in the lake.

Through millenium, they have adapted into an ecosystem that is totally unique to the brackish water environment.

The lake is teeming with at least 4 species of stingless jelly fish including one of an upside down species of Cassiopea (possibly Cassiopea Xamachana).

About three species of Halimeda green algae cover the botom, and mangrove roots live side by side with tunicates, sponges, tube worms, bihalves, crustacean, anemones, sea cucumbers, sea snakes and at least five known species of gobies. Unidentified species are in abundance. Dr. Thomas Tomascik from Canada has aptly called ths place a Biological Paradise.

The mystery of how lake`s plant and animals are able to survive in this isolated system is a subject that marine scientists and geologist bickers about.

Thousand of barracudas, blue fined tunas and big sharks are also found at Kakaban,s Barracuda Point.

 

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