Who thought this was a good idea?
An amusement park in Japan was forced to cease operations of its skating rink after being widely criticized for embedding thousands of frozen fish underneath the ice surface. Yes, they froze fish under the ice.
The Guardian reports, those operating the rink thought it would be a great tourist attraction to use 5,000 dead fish bought from a local market and freeze them under the ice as a tourist attraction. The fish corpses were used to spell hello and to create a path for skaters to follow. The skating club also used pictures of bigger fish, like sting rays, on the ice.
The internet didn’t react with praise for the bizarre exhibit, which prompted owners to release a statement apologizing for the display.
“We deeply apologise to people who felt uncomfortable about the Ice Aquarium event,” it said in a statement quoted in the Japan Times. “As a result, we have stopped the event from today.”
The park reiterated the fish were dead at the time of the freezing, but that doesn’t really make things right.
There’s certainly appeal to going to an amusement park or display and seeing fish swim underneath you in a glass walkway. But, there’s no incentive in skating over dead fish. That’s just weird and creepy.