By Hannah Stevens @Hannahshewans

IN an unusual sighting an unfortunate jellyfish was snapped up for dinner by two peckish green turtles

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Videographer / director: Craig Parry
Producer: Hannah Stevens, Ruby Coote
Editor: Marcus Cooper

Adult green turtles are typically herbivores but juvenile turtles will eat jellyfish, sponges and crab

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.

Green turtles face many environmental threats including getting caught in plastic rubbish and accidental death in fishing nets

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.

Turtle population and their eggs are also suffering from over-harvesting

“There was a bit of activity in the water nearby that caught my eye so naturally I swam over for a closer look.

The photographer was diving in the area looking for leopard sharks when he spotted this odd sight

“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.

The jelly blubber - blue blubber jellyfish - has mouths at the end of its eight legs to feed itself

“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 transport to its stomach using its eight mouths

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.

After an initial bite, the first green turtle dragged the jellyfish to the surface so it could feast and breathe simultaneously

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.

Green turtles are widely distributed across tropical and subtropical waters

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.”