There are bad ideas and then there is this… the ‘Frozen Aquarium’
Two weeks ago, Space World theme park in Japan decided to turn their aquarium into a skating rink for the public.
The problem is that 5,000 fish and other sea creatures were embedded in the ice as part of their special winter attraction, called “Freezing Port.”
Toshimi Takeda. a manager at Space World said the fish were dead before they were frozen, as they were purchased from a local market.
The attraction was advertised as a “world first” and was taken to the extreme when the park posted pictures to their Facebook page of the fish under the ice with captions like:”I am d… d… drowning, s … s… suffocating.”
Without question, Space World is Derringer’s Tool of the Day
Hoping this stunt would attract more visitors over the winter season, it rather sparked widespread criticism, with social media erupting in a fury and many claiming animal cruelty.
Takeda said the goal with having fish placed under the ice was “to give the feel of the ocean to the ice skating rink” and that Space Land is “extremely remorseful to have invoked such unpleasant feelings.”
Due to public backlash, the theme park was forced to close the attraction on Sunday and said they are melting the ice — the process will take about a week.
Space World said they will also hold a proper memorial service for the fish.