If you think you’re having a bad day, then maybe check out this little fish which somehow managed to get itself trapped inside a jellyfish. He looks pretty upset about it too.
Marine photographer Tim Samuel managed to capture the moment while swimming at The Pass in Byron Bay off Australia’s east coast in December, but the photo only went viral after he posted it online this week.
“I found a fish inside a jellyfish,” Samuel wrote on Instagram. “He was trapped in there, but controlled where the jellyfish was moving.”
Although able to maintain some control over the direction the jellyfish was going, Samuel told CNET that the fish was “unable to back itself out.”
“The fish was able to propel the jellyfish forward and controlled its movement to an extent,” he explained. “The jellyfish threw it off-balance though, and they would wobble around, and sometimes get stuck doing circles.”
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
Samuel said he did contemplate helping the fish escape as he “felt bad for it”, but ultimately “just let nature run its course.”
Samuel has posted numerous incredible photos of life underwater to his Instagram account and on his website, including amazing close-ups of turtles and eagle rays.
Just before this big storm hit I made it out to Julian Rocks and got to swim around with this guy. He was one of the friendliest turtles I’ve ever swam with, and seemed really curious about me, swimming so close to me he would bump into me every now and then. Here he is with some seaweed he ripped off the rock wall. I’d like to think he was trying to feed me, but maybe I’m being too imaginative