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Aquarium displays ocean predators

Jellyfish
The aquarium has set up a specialised tank system for the jellyfish

One of the largest collections of jellyfish in the UK has gone on display in Devon.

The Ocean Drifters exhibition at the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth studies the creature's life cycle.

Some specimens have been brought from as far afield as Japan and the aquarium has set up a specialised tank system.

Aquarium spokesman Paul Cox said the aim of the exhibition was not only to educate, but to show people the hidden beauty of the creatures.

"I'm not quite sure what it is, but there's something about jellyfish that grab people's imaginations," he told BBC News.

"Effectively they're just a glorified anemone, but they have to move through the water."

Species included in the exhibition will include Japanese sea nettle, blue blubber, upside down, moon and flower hat, with more being added as the exhibition grows.



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