Please release me! Rare photograph of fish trapped inside jellyfish

Photographer Tim Samuel captured the amazing scene in Australia’s Byron Bay

A photograph of a fish trapped inside a jellyfish has taken the internet by storm.

The incredible photograph taken by Tim Samuel in the waters off Byron Bay in Australia shows how the unlucky fish got swallowed up by the jellyfish.

Mr Samuel, a professional photographer based in Byron Bay says the fish was still alive and fighting to escape when he came across him.

“It (the fish) was able to propel the jellyfish forward and controlled its movement to an extent. The jellyfish threw it off balance, though, and they would wobble around, and sometimes get stuck doing circles,” Mr Samuel told The Guardian.


The photograph has proved a hit worldwide with Mr Samuel commenting on his Instagram account:

“When @franny.plumridge and I stumbled upon it we knew we had found something special, but had no idea just how unique and rare this sighting was. I’m completely blown away by all the attention it is getting from all over the world.”

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Nora-Ide McAuliffe

Nora-Ide McAuliffe

Nora-Ide McAuliffe is an Audience Editor with The Irish Times