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Australian photography Tim Samuel captured this bizarre wildlife moment – a fish swimming inside a jellyfish – while freediving in Bryon Bay. While no one can quite work out how it happened, what’s even stranger is despite the obvious limitations of being inside a jellyfish, the fish is still able to control the movement of the duo.

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In the many years as a photographer, Samuel says he has never seen anything like it before. It’s unclear how the event unfolded afterwards, although presumably it didn’t end well. Many more beautiful images of marine wildlife can be seen on his Instagram account.

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@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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Trapped inside a jellyfish

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