At first glance, it appears as if swarms of jellyfish are swimming around under an icy lake, but it’s actually just thousands of frozen bubbles. That’s right, these natural wonders, photographed across Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada, are made of highly flammable gas methane – emitted by bacteria after they consume dead organic matter. The video above shows just how flammable they are. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
Paul Zizka, 35, tracked down the natural phenomenon, which he photographed at Lake Minnewanka, the Vermillion Lake and Abraham Lake. He says: “All three lakes are ever-changing, cover wide areas and provide endless possibilities for the keen landscape photographer. They are magical places to explore and I find myself returning to them often. The methane bubbles depicted in the photographs have generated a lot of buzz primarily on social media. Many people have never seen the phenomenon before. People marveled at the beauty of them and wondered what they really were.”