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New daruma doll-like sea angel species on display at Japanese aquarium

A species of clione discovered in 2016 is seen on display at Umigatari Joetsu Aquarium in Joetsu, Niigata Prefecture, in this photo provided by the facility.

JOETSU, Niigata -- A clione "sea angel" species discovered in 2016 is on display at an aquarium in this city on the Sea of Japan for the first time.

    Four cliones okhotensis, or Daruma Hadaka Kamegai in Japanese, can be seen in a special exhibition tank set up in front of the Friend Pool at Umigatari Joetsu Aquarium. Many other clione species are also on display.

    Clione okhotensis was the first new sea angel species to be discovered in about 100 years. Its Japanese "daruma" moniker comes from its wing-like flaps and round, orange body resembling a daruma doll.

    An aquarium representative explained, "We also have panels with information on spotted seals, which inhabit the same drift-ice area as cliones. We would like visitors to come and feel nature's mystery."

    (Japanese original by Makoto Ishizuka, Joetsu Local Bureau)

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