Underwater photographers have the amazing opportunity to glimpse the mysterious underworld and capture life how it unfolds in the aqua kingdom.
How about this sighting when an unlucky jellyfish was caught by two green turtles? The photographer was underwater looking for leopard sharks to photograph when he happened to come across an unexpected scene.
“A few of the larger fish were coming in and eating the little fish from around the jelly and as this started to occur one of the local turtles popped over and grabbed the jelly and dragged it to the surface so he could breathe and feed at the same time.”
“After a few minutes of the turtle being by himself, another resident green turtle came over and ended up feeding for two hours.”Blue blubber jellyfish live off of zooplankton which they convey to the stomach through the use of its eight mouths.
The blue blubber jellyfish (or jelly blubber) was helpless and could not defend itself even with its eight legs and mouths, it did not stand a chance against the green turtles. “It was such a unique encounter for me—I had heard of it happening before but had never seen it and it was so special to see so many of them eating it,” the photographer said.
Green turtles feeding of jellyfish
Turtles feasting off jelly
“After a few minutes of the turtle being by himself, another resident green turtle came over and ended up feeding for two hours.”
The photographer was underwater in the area looking for leopard sharks when he spotted this odd sight
The jelly blubber – blue blubber jellyfish – has mouths at the end of its eight legs enable it to nourish itself
The blue blubber jellyfish – or jelly blubber – was helpless to do anything to save its life.
Green turtles are widely distributed across tropical and subtropical waters
The green turtle species are endangered by over-harvesting of both eggs and adults, as well as mortality arising from fishing nets.
“It was such a unique encounter for me – I had heard of it happening before but had never seen it and it was so special to see so many of them eating it,” the photographer said.
Photo credit: Barcroft Images.