Diving scenes to featured Oct. 4

Diving scenes to featured Oct. 4Raymond Kelso and Diane Foucher will team up for a presentation on “Diving the Islands of Palau” at the China Lake Photographic Society meeting on Thursday, Oct. 4.

Palau is an island republic in Micronesia, once a U.S. Trust Territory that was a major battle site in World War II. The two speakers will present photos and underwater video that will show some of Palau’s unique diving spots, such as Big Drop-off that Jacques Cousteau considered one of the best dive walls in the world and the Rock Islands, a collection of rounded, foliage-covered islands that appear to float above the water surface.

One of the islands is Peleliu, where a four-week battle between the US and Japan in 1944 resulted in the highest US casualty rate of any battle in the Pacific War. The seas around the Rock Islands are littered with sunken remains of World War II military ships, Japanese seaplanes and Zeros that have created artificial reefs with their own thriving ecosystem.

Also featured will be the world famous Jellyfish Lake, where Kelso and Foucher snorkeled and photographed thousands of golden jellyfish.

The public is invited to this free event to be held Thursday, Oct 4, at 7 p.m., at the Maturango Museum.

Story First Published: 2012-10-03