Japanese Theme Park Freezes 5,000 Fish Inside Skating Rink, People Get Upset

November 28, 2016

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Japanese theme park Space World recently closed its new 'Frozen Harbor' skating rink attraction and apologized after a public backlash in response to the park freezing some 5,000 fish, crabs and other sea creatures under the ice. Apparently people thought that was inappropriate. I'm not sure if that's because they thought they were frozen alive (which they weren't -- they were bought on ice from a nearby fish market), disrespectful, or just a horrible waste of seafood. Admittedly, I would have eaten those.

Space World manager Toshimi Takeda told CNN Monday the reaction on social media had been brutal once news of the attraction was broadcast on local television.


"We were shocked to hear the reaction as the ice skate rink was very popular since it opened two weeks ago, we had an unprecedented number of visitors," he said.

"(But) we had endless opinions about the project, we were shocked ... We are sorry for the project and decided to close the rink on that night."

Takeda told CNN the park would unfreeze the skate rink to remove the fish, hold an "appropriate religious service" and then reuse them as fertilizer.

Well that does seem like a pretty ridiculous attraction for a park called Space World. Personally, I would have designed a skating rink that makes it look and feel like you're skating on the rings of Saturn, but that's just me and I'm a genius theme park designer and Disney should be chomping at the bit to hire me. *shrug* When reached for comment about the fishy ice rink, one father who had brought his children to the attraction had this to day: "Holy shit don't look kids, I think I just found Nemo and Dorie."

Keep going for several more shots of Ariel's worst nightmare (minus losing Prince Eric).

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Thanks to william, who agrees at least they didn't use birds.

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