Fish inside jelly fish bell – both likely to die, say researchers explaining the truth in the viral photo
Though it was thought to be a hoax initially, the photo has been now confirmed to be true.
Tim Samuel says he photographed the pair near the surface at Byron Bay, New South Wales and posted it on his Instagram account, from where it went viral.
As media outlets pounced upon the story, the big question emerged, what was a live fish doing inside the bell. The box jellyfish in the photo is said to be extremely venomous, so, how the fish survive the sting?
Experts say the fish could be a juvenile trevally, which often hides under the bells of jellyfish when they are young. So, it may have some immunity to the venom.
But trevally normally hide under jellyfish that are much larger than they are. But in the photo, the fish is almost as large as its host.
Many of them said the outcome would be bad for both the fish and the jellyfish.
I'm loving hearing where you are all from and where you saw this posted, keep it up, it's putting a big smile on my face It is crazy how much attention this little guy is getting. 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.