By Hannah Stevens @Hannahshewans
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Videographer / director: Craig Parry
Producer: Hannah Stevens, Ruby Coote
Editor: Marcus Cooper
While searching for leopard sharks off the coast of Byron Bay, Australia wildlife photographer and videographer Craig Parry came across this odd feeding frenzy.
Adult green turtles are a herbivorous marine turtle, but juvenile green turtles will feed on invertebrates like crab, sponges and jellyfish if the opportunity arises.
Parry said: “I came across the turtle and the jellyfish whilst on one of my regular free dives at a local marine reserve, looking to photograph leopard sharks.
“There was a bit of activity in the water nearby that caught my eye so naturally I swam over for a closer look.
“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 breath 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.”
Despite having a mouth at the end of each of its eight legs, the blue blubber jellyfish - or jelly blubber - was unable to do anything to save its life.
Largely living in coastal waters, the jellyfish live off of zooplankton and transport the food to their stomach using the mouths positioned at the end of their tentacles.
The green turtle species is widely distributed in tropical and subtropical waters, however, they are increasingly threatened by over-harvesting of both eggs and adults, as well as accidental mortality in nets and long-lines of fishing fleets.
The photographer said: “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.”