iStock/Thinkstock(KITAKYUSHU, Japan) — Space World, a theme park in Kitakyushu, Japan opened a new ice rink on Nov. 12. But what made the attraction so unique was that 5,000 dead fish were frozen into the ice itself — which, is when the trouble started.
According to the Washington Post, photos showed some of the fish were frozen half in and half out of the ice, with their mouths open. Some fish were arranged in patterns in the ice, while others were arranged to spell out the word “hello.”
Space World general manager Toshimi Takeda told The Guardian, “We had intended to give the feel of the ocean to this ice skating rink, with the image of fish swimming in the ocean. And we intended to make visitors have fun and learn more about fish.”
The plan, however, backfired and the park faced criticism on social media.
Space World tweeted an apology on Nov. 27 and announced the rink would be shut down. They also assured the public that the fish were dead when purchased and weren’t frozen alive.
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