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Last updated at 12:07 BST, Wednesday, 01 May 2013

Jellyfish on show

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With their graceful movements, jellyfish have long captured people's imaginations.

Visitors to this new aquarium in Fushun, northeast China, can get up close and personal with the colourful creatures from a safe distance.

Their sting can be very painful.

More than 3,000 are on show in 11 tanks.

Jellyfish have roamed the seas for at least 500 million years.

graceful

smooth and elegant

captured people's imaginations

made people very interested and excited about something

get up close and personal

experience closely, from a short distance

sting

skin wound caused by piercing, for example from a bee

roamed

wandered, moved apparently aimlessly

Exercise

Use one of the words or phrases below to complete each of these sentences from news reports.

Note that you may have to change the form of a word to complete the sentence correctly.

graceful/ captured people's imaginations/ get up close and personal/ sting/ roamed

1.
On Saturday 16 March, there will be a "waste workshop" to create a giant shamrock out of waste and recycled materials. Belfast City Council said visitors would also have the opportunity "to ____________ with a snake and find out more about these fascinating creatures which are a central part of St Patrick's story".

2.
Dinosaur fossils unearthed in Madagascar are of a new species that ____________ the Earth about 90 million years ago, say US researchers.

3.
While the African elephant - the largest living land animal - defies its size by running at speeds of up to 25mph, its legs are so heavy they cannot change direction fast, which means the animal is not so good at more _________ or intricate moves.

4.
Honey-bees are known for their ____________, but scientists have now discovered they can also bite. Bees resort to biting when faced with pests, such as parasitic mites.

5.
The concept is called "future casting" - and aims to drive future technology uses, rather than simply responding to market forces.

"If we can give people a vision of the future - and do it through science fiction - we can ______________," said Mr Johnson.

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How did you do?

1

get up close and personal

2

roamed

3

graceful

4

sting

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capture people's imaginations