Australian photographer Tim Samuel got a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ shot of a live fish trapped inside a jellyfish. Yes, you read that right. The fish was all alive, either stuck or taking hostage inside the jellyfish. This bizarre occurrence was captured in the waters of Byron Bay, New South Wales.
Even more strange is that, according to Samuel, the trapped fish was able to control how the jellyfish moved. As if the jellyfish was a living submarine for the fish.
“It seemed completely trapped in there, like it had somehow managed to swim inside and then was unable to back itself out,” Samuel told CNET.
“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. I contemplated freeing the fish as I felt bad for it, but in the end decided to just let nature run its course, which was a difficult decision for me to make.”
It looks like the fish is in confusion or horror inside its jelly-prison. Ah, that poor little fish!
Samuel, (who was once a surfing instructor) claims to have never seen anything like this in all his years spent in the water.
Ian Tibbetts, a marine biologist at the University of Queensland, said “it’s difficult to tell whether disaster has just struck, or whether the fish is happy to be in there.”Australian Geographic.
Some breeds of fish take shelter underneath the stingers of jellyfish. So, mayhap, this little guy just slightly missed his mark.
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