Critical public opinions and park reviews have forced the closing of a new attraction at Japan's "Space World" theme park. The attraction featured a skating rink that contained over 5,000 frozen fish and other sea creatures.
The winter attraction known as "Ice Aquarium" contained twenty-five different marine animals in what was set to be the first attraction of its kind in the world. The skating rink, meant to recreate a feeling of swimming among the fishes, featured fish arranged to emulate actual school patterns.
The first-of-its-kind attraction also included creatures arranged into various words and shapes. Among some of the most memorable features were fish spelled out into the word "Hello", as well as arrows showing attraction visitors the proper routes.
Despite the park attraction's popularity in terms of visitors and tourists, public opinions expressed in various social media platforms urged the park to close the attraction. Public opinions included animal rights activists and concerned citizens citing the park's cruel eccentricity.
On Sunday, November 27, Space World officially shut down the marine life skating rink and issued a public apology via the park's official website. Park officials then proceeded to delete all attraction-related posts and pictures from all social media accounts.
Majority of the negative public opinions were directed towards the alleged inhumane treatment of marine life and the immoral practice of freezing the creatures alive. However, park representatives maintain that all the creatures featured in the attraction were already dead and purchased from local fish markets.
In an interview with CNN, the manager of Space World, Toshimi Takeda, stated that the park was surprised at the public reaction because of the attraction's successful opening week. However, due to the continuous thread of negative reactions, the project was forced to shut down the project.
Furthermore, park officials have declared that an alleged religious service will be held upon the removal of the marine creatures. The fish will then be processed and turned into reusable fertilizer, as stated by the Japanese local media, NHK.