Byron Bay fish stuck inside a jellyfish pic goes viral
MOVE over Chris Hemsworth - it's time for another Byron Bay local to break the internet.
Local photographer Tim Samuel took this incredible photo, which ended up on imgur, of a fish trapped inside a jellyfish with the caption: "He was stuck in there, but controlled where the jellyfish was moving."
It has been viewed more than 2.3 million times and has more than 300 comments.
The image was originally posted on Reddit, and is now reaching all corners of the globe thanks to the power of social media.
"I have never seen anything like it," Mr Samuel told National Geographic.
"It seemed completely trapped in there, like it had somehow managed to swim inside and then was unable to back itself out.
"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.
"I contemplated freeing the fish as I felt bad for it, but in the end decided to just let nature run its course, which was a difficult decision for me to make."
Mr Samuel has since shared footage of another fish stuck in a jellyfish on Instagram.
He said the video was emailed to him by Brent Collins who said: "I too have witnessed this rare phenomenon. I captured it on video while snorkeling at Double Reef beach in Guam in 2013."
@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