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Japan's aquarium boasts largest collection of jellyfish in the world

2017年 6月 8日 Thursday - 01:11

Aquatic creatures mesmerize visitors. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)

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BROADCAST AND DIGITAL RESTRICTIONS~** Broadcasters: NO ACCESS. Digital: THE MUSIC TRACK IN THIS VIDEO NEWS STORY MUST ONLY BE USED AS PART OF THIS PRODUCTION AND MUST NOT BE STRIPPED OUT AND USED IN ANY OTHER CONTEXT OR PRODUCTION, OR USED IN ANY RE-EDIT OR CUT DOWN OF THE PRODUCTION (ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: With 60 different varieties of jellyfish, Kamo aquarium in Japan's Yamagata Prefecture houses one of the largest collection of jellyfish species in the world. Holding two percent of the global 3000 jellyfish varieties, the aquarium receives more than two million visitors every year. A prominent feature of the exhibit is the Jellyfish Dream Theatre, or the Kurage Dream Theatre, measuring five meters in diameter, where about 2000 Moon Jellies float. Many visitors said they were mesmerized by the aquatic creatures' movements. "I think they are beautiful. To me, they kinda look like they are dancing in space but except in water," said Lauren Roseacosta, who was visiting from Miami Florida. Kamo aquarium also has an active educational programme, where jellyfish seminars are held daily by the staff, covering topics such as breeding and the species' diet. Kazuya Okuizumi, the aquarium director, said the jellyfish breeding began coincidentally in 1997, when a coral exhibit started producing a type of cassiopeian jellyfish on its own. The collection began with boats being regularly dispatched to the sea behind Kamo aquarium to catch as many types of jellyfish as possible. Okuizumi added that he hopes to be able to breed more rare types of deep-sea jellyfish in the future.

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Japan's aquarium boasts largest collection of jellyfish in the world

2017年 6月 8日 Thursday - 01:11