Aussie Photographer Captures Bizzarre Underwater Scene

An Australian photographer captured a rarely seen moment.

Are you trudging through life slowly? Well, this fish—found inside a jellyfish—can sympathize with you.

Back in December, ocean photographers Tim Samuel and Franny Plumridge were freediving in Byron Bay, off the east coast of Australia, when Samuel spotted a curious scene. He made a picture of a yellow fish stuck inside a translucent jellyfish and posted it to his Instagram account.

It wasn’t until DiscoverOcean republished the picture on Tuesday that the image went viral. Samuel says he later posted the picture to Reddit, where it made the trending list—twice.

“Woke up this morning to my phone going crazy due to one [of] my photos being reposted,” Samuel wrote on Instagram. “It is crazy how much attention this little guy is getting.”


Another view of the odd couple. [PHOTOGRAPH BY TIM SAMUEL]

In his years of photographing marine life, Samuel hadn’t seen a similar scene before. The fish’s tail was sticking outside the back of the jelly, so it was able to propel the creature forward. Over the 20 minutes that Samuel and Plumridge watched in curiosity and amazement, the fish/jellyfish wobbled and swam in circles. The fish knocked the jelly off balance and pushed it from side to side in the water. At some points, the duo just stopped moving.

“I’d never seen anything like it before,” Samuel says.

After taking in the scene, Samuel and Plumridge left to photograph turtles.

"I definitely thought about setting it free,” Samuel told CNN, “but in the end decided to just let nature run its course."

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