Professional angler Angus James caught something genuinely amazing whilst fishing just North of Queensland, Australia last month.
What’s more, he also took a photo of it…
The Aussie had caught a pretty impressive jungle perch and was just snapping a couple of photos before releasing his catch back into the water. Suddenly, he saw something move at the back of the fish’s throat, so he leaned in closer to investigate.
“I thought it might have been grass at first. Then it blinked!” says James.
He admits that he was very shocked when he saw a live green tree frog staring back at him.
Thinking quickly, James snapped a photo “I always carry a camera, so I took the pic and then he jumps out!” said the fisherman, who was interviewed by News Limited of Australia earlier this week.
James posted the picture onto Facebook and the image immediately went viral. The snap is already being hailed as one of sport-fishing’s greatest-ever photos.
It was truly a chance encounter, but we imagine that the frog was probably even more pleased than Angus was.
When he’s not valiantly saving the lives of grateful amphibians in Australian rivers, Angus James works as a field angler for Tackle Tactics, a company that specializes in lure fishing and supplies equipment to enthusiasts throughout Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. He is apparently somewhat surprised by how popular the photo has become.
“It has gone all around the world. So many people have shared it”, he says. “There’s people commenting on the photo in languages I don’t even understand”.
It is actually a very impressive feat that Mr. James was able to hold the fish in one hand, grab a camera in the other and snap a high quality (and in focus) picture of a live animal escaping the throat of another live animal. Perhaps he missed his calling?
We’ll tell you one thing, photography students of the world, no matter where you go, they just don’t teach that.
Perhaps the photo appeals also because people know the frog got away safely in the end. We don’t need to tell you that everyone likes an underdog (or, in this case, an underfrog), so that is probably part of it as well.
“Everyone keeps saying the frog got its second chance at life” says James.
Apparently, both the frog and the fish went their separate ways after the incident. At the time of writing, neither was available for comment.