Byron Bay photographer Tim Samuel took this image of a fish stuck inside a jellyfish.
Byron Bay photographer Tim Samuel took this image of a fish stuck inside a jellyfish. Tim Samuels

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.

Mr Samuel has also posted the photo on his Instagram account, and his professional photography website.

In just three days the photo has attracted attention from National Geographic, CNET and GrindTV.

"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."