Why Aren't They Moving?: An Ice Aquarium
This is a public aquarium made entirely out of ice and frozen fish in (SURPRISE!) Japan. Neat idea, but I can see the exact same thing walking through the frozen food isle of the Korean market down the street. All kinda shit be starin' at ya!
The Kori no Suizokukan, or the "ice aquarium," is located in Kesennuma in northeastern Japan, and features approximately 450 specimens frozen in ice. Bathed in blue light, presumably for atmosphere, the specimens include about 80 different species of marine life, flash frozen as they're unloaded at Kesennuma's port on the Pacific Ocean.
The temperature inside is a cool 5 degrees Fahrenheit, making warm jackets and pants a necessity.
Now I'm not saying your kids are gonna be vastly disappointed if you take them to the ice aquarium, but I am saying you might as well just take them to the fish market instead and score something for dinner at the same time. Just make sure it's dolphin safe. Speaking of which -- I've actually swum with them before. You hear that, 12-year old girls? IN YOUR BRACE-FACES! I had a pony too.
Hit the jump for several more shots of the frozen fish sticks.
Thanks to Melissa, who's seen more dynamic exhibits at the museum of natural history.