Now There’s a Video of a Fish Swimming Inside of a Jellyfish

Photographer Tim Samuel landed one of the luckiest shots of his life back in 2015 when he captured a fish swimming inside of a jellyfish off Byron Bay, Australia. Well, swimming might be a stretch, but see for yourself!

I found a fish inside a jellyfish! He was trapped in there, but controlled where the jellyfish was moving

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It took a few months, but the photo went viral.

Trapped inside a jellyfish

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Samuel was a relatively unknown photographer that took cool shots like this:

On very rare occasions these Blue Buttons wash ashore in Byron, the circular disc in the centre contains many gas filled tubes which keeps it afloat causing them to get blown around by the wind similar to blue bottles. Blue buttons are actually a colony made up of different types of polyps, including some that are specialised for catching food, defense or reproduction

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Now, Samuel’s shot has made it around the globe and onto the pages of all kinds of press.

I’m stoked to be featured on Snapchats Discover page by @natgeo! Go check it out! I’m also now on snapchat and will be posting on there later today, add me: timsamuelphoto

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Perhaps because of the interest shown in Samuel’s photo, a video of a fish doing the exact same thing has emerged.

But in the video you can see the fish choosing to swim into the jellyfish:

@franny.plumridge and I were starting to think we were the only ones to witness anything like my Fish Trapped in a Jellyfish photo. That was until this afternoon when I received a very exciting email “I too have witnessed this rare phenomenon. I captured it on video while snorkeling at Double Reef beach in Guam in 2013. Over the course of several minutes I watched the fish exit the Jellyfish, swim back inside the Jellyfish, and apparently steer the Jellyfish at will, and repeat. I researched the unusual behavior when I first encountered it, however could not find anything on the internet to explain the behavior. Perhaps others will communicate their experiences and a collaborative understanding of this behavior will immerge” – words and video from Brent Collins

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Isn’t that nuts?!

Samuel and his fish have even started to get fan art:

I have fan art now! So crazy! Thanks for the drawing @mummywanderoo

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