A tasty seafood snack: Turtle cleverly tucks into poisonous 15-foot jellyfish without getting stung
A carnivorous three-foot-long sea turtle was spotted munching on a poisonous 15-foot-long jellyfish. Instead of sticking to its usual meal of algae and sea grass this juvenile green sea turtle - with guts of steel - decided to risk a sore stomach and devour a live crown jellyfish.
The greedy young turtle looks to be enjoying his bizarre meal by eating from the head of the jellyfish - away from the poisonous tentacles.
US photographer Jacob Maentz, 33, came across the rarely pictured sight when diving 30-feet underwater at the Balicasag Marine Sanctuary off the coast of the island of Bohol, Phillipines.
'I always carry some type of camera with me while diving,' said Jacob.
'It just so happened I saw this while diving a reef.
'Crown jellyfish are one of the most common tropical jellyfish in the world.
'Adult green sea turtles are known to be vegetarian.
'But juvenile green sea turtles sometimes eat invertebrates like crabs, jellyfish, and sponges.
'Sea turtles have really thick skin and usually bite the jellyfish from above to avoid being stung.'
Poisonous to humans, they are believed to be responsible for an average of 40 deaths-per-year in the Pacific country of the Phillipines.
Jellyfish are the longest surviving multi-organ creature on the planet - first evolving before the dinosaur 700million-years-ago.
'When people see these images they usually tell me they have never seen anything like that before,' said Jacob.
'The marine world is a rich, delicate and wonderful environment and needs to be taken care of.
'Perhaps by having more first-hand experiences with the ocean and the amazing animals living in it people will come to respect it more.'