Enigma by Andrew Paranavitana

A small, lone Sea Nettle (Chrysaora) jellyfish at Melbourne Aquarium, Australia. It was fascinating watching this guy move around his small tank, endlessly bobbing, weaving and changing direction. They are so different to anything else on this planet. I’d even say alien.

Plain Backgrounds – Awe-Inspiring Image Award 31st August 2010

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Top 10 in Fish & Ocean Creatures Challenge
Top 10 in Probably The Best Shot.. Ever Challenge
Top 10 in Amazing Wildlife All On Black Challenge

Slight crop of original, and Topaz filter applied in Photoshop CS4.

Canon 50D
18 – 55, 58mm
f4, 1/40, ISO 1600

67 Favourites


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Andrew is a Melbourne born, independent photographic artist who has exhibited and sold works globally.

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  • rodeorose
    rodeoroseover 4 years ago

    Brilliant Parmi!!! As good as it gets mate!

  • Thank you so much Rosie!! Really appreciate that :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Berns
    Bernsover 4 years ago

    Gorgeous Andrew, these guys really are fascinating, this is superb!

  • Thanks very much Berns, pleased you like it mate :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • vampvamp
    vampvampover 4 years ago


  • Thanks a lot mate!

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Joseph Darmenia
    Joseph Darmeniaover 4 years ago

    Well done.

  • Much appreciated Joseph!

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Sean Jansen
    Sean Jansenover 4 years ago

    Oh wow Andrew…….what a awesome detailed capture. You nailed this one. I actually have been stung by one of those……… years ago. Hurt like …….
    Again fab capture !!

  • Thanks so much Sean! Ooo that must have been a painful experience mate.. been told how much they hurt!! Extra thanks go out to you for the fave, given your history with them!! :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • wendys-designs
    wendys-designsover 4 years ago

    fantastic shot Andrew

  • Thanks mate! Found a shot that actually worked haha :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • micheleirene
    micheleireneover 4 years ago

    I’ve seen many jellyfish shots before but this one is awesome Andrew! You’ve captured such a great ‘pose’ and the light is perfect!

  • Ah thanks so much Shellfish!! What a wonderful compliment from you. Hope you’re going well mate :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • hardhhhat
    hardhhhatover 4 years ago

    Excellent shot.

  • Thank you so much mate!!

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Wendi Donaldson
    Wendi Donaldsonover 4 years ago

    Wow….you’ve really nailed this one, Andrew!! Very different from the one with the blue background yesterday. I love the black background here and the detail of the jellyfish. Very well done.

  • Thanks heaps Wendi! Yeah, I actually didn’t realise this one turned out so clear and vibrant till I played around in Photoshop a a bit. Really glad you like it, much appreciated mate :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Fiona Kersey
    Fiona Kerseyover 4 years ago

    I love this…..so brilliant!!! The lighting is spot on! This is something you would expect to see in a magazine or an aquarium advert! hmmm maybe you should contact Melbourne Aquarium about that!! lol

  • Wow, thanks so much Fiona! I really thought twice about uploading this one too!! That’s a massive compliment.. might shoot them an email.. cheers for the suggestion, great comment and fave :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

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