Amazing images show freedivers swarmed by thousands of jellyfish as they explore the ocean

THESE amazing photographs show fearless freedivers braving tropical waters swarming with thousands of jellyfish.

Huge clusters of the translucent sea creatures look just like clouds as they float around the death-defying daredevils.

The freedivers said they were surrounded by thousands of swarming jellyfish
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The fearless freedivers were surrounded by thousands of swarming jellyfish[/caption]

The jellies are believed to be moon jellyfish, a species considered relatively harmless
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The creatures are believed to be moon jellyfish, a species considered relatively harmless[/caption]

Elle Mayell, 25, and Rhys Muddle, 29, can be seen in just swimsuits, flippers and snorkels as they mingle with the marine animals.

The “jellies” are thought to be moon jellyfish, a species considered fairly harmless as their sting cannot fully penetrate human skin.

However, they can still leave an irritating injury and you certainly wouldn’t want to be stung by a swarm multiple times.

Australian photographer Alex Kydd, 28, captured the startling underwater images just off the Raja Ampat islands in Indonesia.

He said the divers,  both from New South Wales in Australia, said there was ‘thousands’ of jellyfish grouped together.

Alex added: “We randomly came across them very suddenly while on a diving trip with a local guide. Seeing so many in one place was an incredible spectacle.

“In the following days after seeing the jellyfish, we tried to see them again but had no luck. It was a very lucky encounter.

“The local guide told us that he had never seen them in that exact area before. We don’t believe this group of jellyfish, in that area, had ever been properly photographed.”

He added: “The jellies were relatively sting-less and the divers were unaffected.”

Photographer Alex Kydd, 28, captured the stunning shots just off the Raja Ampat islands in Indonesia
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Photographer Alex Kydd, 28, captured the stunning shots just off the Raja Ampat islands in Indonesia[/caption]

 Some free divers, who swim without a snorkel or scuba gear, can hold their breath for more than 10 minutes
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Some free divers, who swim without a snorkel or scuba gear, can hold their breath for more than 10 minutes[/caption]

Jellyfish have no brain, heart, bones or eyes and are made up of a smooth, bag-like body and tentacles armed with tiny, stinging cells
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Jellyfish have no brain, heart, bones or eyes and are made up of a smooth, bag-like body and tentacles[/caption]

Some jellyfish are clear, but others are vibrant colours of pink, yellow, blue and purple
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The moon jelly is composed mainly of water, which in fact accounts for 95 per cent of its entire body composition[/caption]

Jellyfish have been around for millions of years, even before dinosaurs lived on the Earth
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Jellyfish have been around for millions of years, even before dinosaurs lived on the Earth[/caption]

They can be bioluminescent - which means they produce their own light!
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The moon jellyfish is a carnivorous animal which feeds on other protein-rich aquatic animals[/caption]

The jellyfish itself provides a tasty meal for other ocean creatures, particularly sea turtles
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The jellyfish itself provides a tasty meal for other ocean creatures, particularly sea turtles[/caption]

In China, they are considered a delicacy, and are also used in Chinese medicine
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In China, they are considered a delicacy, and are also used in Chinese medicine[/caption]

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