fish hitching a ride inside a jellyfish
A fish has been photographed swimming within a jellyfish with a bewildered look on its face off the coast Australia.
Photographer Tim Samuel was free diving in the waters off Byron Bay, near the Queensland-New South Wales border, when he noticed a jellyfish bobbing past with a fish trapped inside it.
He posted images of the bizarre sight to Instagram which showed the small fish looking snug within the bell of the jellyfish.
Tim Samuel was free diving in the waters off Byron Bay, near the Queensland-New South Wales border, when he noticed a jellyfish bobbing past with a fish trapped inside it
"I have never seen anything like it," the Byron Bay-based photographer said.
Mr Samuel posted the first image last December which depicted his friend Franny Plumridge swimming behind the unlikely duo.
"Found this fish trapped inside a jellyfish while free-diving in Byron Bay. He was trapped in there but controlled where the jellyfish was moving," a caption on the Instagram post read.
Another image posted on Saturday by Mr Samuel shows the fish and jellyfish appear to move through the water in sync.
The rare sight left people amazed with one person posting: "Incredible shot! The beauty in nature is that you never now what you might encounter, and you"ve capture such a rare moment!"
"Something that"s possibly never been seen before. what an amazing thing to have seen & photographed," another person posted.
Mr Samuel posted the first image in December which depicted his friend Franny Plumridge (pictured) swimming behind the unlikely duo
Associate Professor Ian Tibbetts, a fish biologist at the Centre for Marine Science at the University of Queensland,said the fish is most likely a juvenile trevally, which often take cover within the stingers of jellyfish, according to Australian Geographic.
"It"s difficult to tell whether disaster has just struck, or whether the fish is happy to be in there," Mr Tibbetts said.
"Although by the photographer"s description of the fish swimming, my guess is that it is probably quite happy to be protected in there."