One-In-A-Million Shot! Bizaare Photo Shows Fish Trapped Inside Jellyfish
A photo captured by Tim Samuel literally gives us a picture of what it's like to be trapped inside a jellyfish's body. And somehow, it seems to look like either instant regret or joy.
The Australian photographer was snorkeling with his friend, videographer Franny Plumridge, in Byron Bay, a protected marine park, when he came across the surprising scene.
"There were no other fish in sight," he told CNN by phone. "I just stumbled upon it."
According to CNN, Samuel followed the jellyfish for almost 30 minutes, before he was able to take photos of the unusual sight. Based on his observation, he swore the fish was alive and was actually trying to control the movement of the jelly fish.
In an interview with CNET, he said: "It seemed completely trapped in there, like it had somehow managed to swim inside and then was unable to back itself out."
"The fish was able to propel the jellyfish forward and controlled its movement to an extent. The jellyfish threw it off-balance though, and they would wobble around, and sometimes get stuck doing circles."
While he swore he badly wanted to free the poor fish, Samuel said he just went on and let nature decide for itself.
He posted some of the shots on various social media platforms, and it immediately went viral.
T R A P P E D - Woke up this morning to my phone going crazy due to one my photos being reposted by @discoverocean. Here's another photo from that day. I found this fish trapped inside a Jellyfish while freediving in Byron Bay. He was trapped in there but controlled where the Jellyfish was moving. Prints are available through my website - link in bio
A photo posted by Tim Samuel (@timsamuelphotography) on Jun 3, 2016 at 4:34pm PDT
I'm loving hearing where you are all from and where you saw this posted, keep it up, it's putting a big smile on my face It is crazy how much attention this little guy is getting. When @franny.plumridge and I stumbled upon it we knew we had found something special, but had no idea just how unique and rare this sighting was. I'm completely blown away by all the attention it is getting from all over the world. A photo posted by Tim Samuel (@timsamuelphotography) on Jun 7, 2016 at 1:13am PDT
Meanwhile, Associate Professor Ian Tibbetts, a fish biologist at the Centre for Marine Science at the University of Queensland told Australian Geographic that the fish looks like it could be a juvenile trevally.
"It's difficult to tell whether disaster has just struck, or whether the fish is happy to be in there," said Tibbetts.
"Although by the photographer's description of the fish swimming, my guess is that it is probably quite happy to be protected in there," he added.
Juvenile trevally usually intentionally seek protection among jellyfish, as it provides them with protection from predation from other fish.