Ocean photography is a magical thing, and it takes a truly dedicated person to capture the images that the majority of us will never get to see. One such photographer is an Australian man who describes himself as “ocean obsessed.” And this image he captured off Pass Beach in Byron Bay, Australia proves that point!
While out snorkeling with a friend, he had planned on photographing turtles. They were swimming between the shore and the reef when something incredible swam right between them.
There were no other fish in sights, I just stumbled upon it.”
He followed the stunning sight for roughly 30 minutes in order to capture this stunning image. It was incredibly tiny and he had difficulty focusing on the small fish…but when he was finally able to get the shot, it was all worth it!
What you are seeing is a small fish trapped inside of a tiny jellyfish. The fish kept trying to swim away but the jellyfish would alter the course, interrupting and probably confusing the poor fish.
He thought about setting the struggling fish free, but after some time, decided to let nature take its course. Byron Bay is a marine park, which means that there is no fishing allowed in that area. As a result, marine life is thriving!
He contacted marine biologists and Australian Geographic, but they had never seen anything similar!
He sent the image to marine biologist Ian Tibbetts and the Center for Marine Science at the University of Queensland who had this to say about the picture:
It’s difficult to tell whether disaster has just struck, or whether the fish is happy to be in there. Although by the photographer’s description of the fish swimming, my guess is that it is probably quite happy to be protected in there.”
He suspects that the fish may be a juvenile trevally – a fish that is immune to jellyfish stings. This fish has probably found the best hiding place ever!
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