Check Out This Hauntingly Beautiful Photo of a Little Fish Trapped Inside a Jellyfish

Check Out This Hauntingly Beautiful Photo of a Little Fish Trapped Inside a Jellyfish
Source: Instagram
Source: Instagram

This is strange and beautiful and also sort of terrifying, because what must it be like to be trapped inside a jellyfish? A world of hurt, probably. A body that's basically one big sting. Anyway, here is a picture of a fish trapped inside a jellyfish and it's unexpectedly impossible to look away, no?

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According to Mashable, Australian ocean photographer Tim Samuel originally posted the fish-imprisoned-in-jellyfish — which he espied in Byron Bay, New South Wales, whilst looking for turtles to photograph — in December, but it only blew up after DiscoverOcean regrammed it Saturday. 

"It is crazy how much attention this little guy is getting," Samuel wrote when he reposted his original snap on Tuesday. "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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Is it crazy, though? It's a fish living inside another form of marine life that isn't coral, for Pete's sake. The fish looks alarmed; people are concerned. But as fish biologist and associate professor at the Centre for Marine Science at the University of Queensland Ian Tibbetts told Australian Geographic, we may all be jumping to conclusions. 

"It's difficult to tell whether disaster has just struck, or whether the fish is happy to be in there,"  Tibbetts said, adding that the creature may be a juvenile trevally and thus accustomed to sheltering amongst jellyfish stingers. "By the photographer's description of the fish swimming, my guess is that it is probably quite happy to be protected in there."

Read more: This Goldfish Got Braces Made From a Credit Card on Its Fish Face

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Claire Lampen

Claire is a staff writer at Mic who covers women's issues and reproductive rights. She is based in New York and can be reached at claire@mic.com.

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