Space World in Japan has been forced to close its skating rink after facing fierce criticism on social media. The enger raised when the park opend it “Ice Aquarium”, an “attraction never heard about”, where about 5, 000 dead fish were frozen beneath the ice in the skating rink.
Social media users called it “piscine graveyard”, “cruel”, “immoral” and “weird”. The company’s Facebook page was inundated with complaints and calls for the attraction to close.
According to Japan Times, a statement by Space World said “We deeply apologise to people who felt uncomfortable about the Ice Aquarium event. As a result, we have stopped the event from today.”
A spokesperson told the media that the park was considering holding a memorial service for the fish next year, adding that the fish were already dead when they were bought from a local fish market.
“Misunderstandings spread on the internet that the fish were frozen while they were still alive, but that was not the case, ” the spokesperson told the newspaper. “We should have explained more.”