Fish Trapped inside a Jellyfish

Australian photographer captures a rare moment with a fish trapped inside a jellyfish
By Chino Mendoza

An Australian photographer, Tim Samuel, captured a rare moment underwater the other day, when a small fish swam inside the bell of a jellyfish.  Samuel captured this moment while free diving in Byron Bay, later posting the photo on his Instagram account. The photo, and several posted later, have since gone viral and are receiving global media attention.

It seems that the fish was able to control the jellyfish's movement and direction to a great extent, steering the jellyfish as it swam. Samuel decided not to intervine, letting nature take its course as the pair swam off into the blue water.



According to Associate Professor Ian Tibbets from the University of Queensland, the fish could have been a juvenille travally and might have initially been using the jellyfish as protection. 



Tim Samuel knew that he had stumbled a unique occasion, but didn't realize just how rare it was until the photo started being reposted all over the internet. He admited that he was “completely blown away by all the attention” he received online and from individuals around the world.


Read the full story, in the 9News article 'Aussie photographer discovers fish trapped inside jellyfish' or on NH Voice 'Images showing fish swimming inside a jellyfish go viral online'.


Chino Mendoza , is an avid diver and underwater photographer and tries to go everytime he can.  He is based in Manila which is a few hours Anilao which is the “critter capital of the Philippines”  He likes to shoot macro and his favorite subjects are nudibranchs and frogfishes.

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