5,000 fish in ice at Japan skating rink cause uproar

People skate on in an ice rink with 5,000 frozen dead fish inside at the Space World amusement park in Kitakyushu, southwestern Japan. (AFP)

About 5,000 dead fish packed in the ice at a skating rink in western Japan are causing an uproar.

Space World amusement park closed the attraction Sunday after a flood of criticism on social media.

About 25 different kinds of fish could be seen under the 250-metre-long ice circuit. The park in the city of Kitakyushu opened the “Ice Aquarium” as an “attraction never heard about” earlier this month.

Space World said that the fish were intended “to give the feel of the ocean to the ice skating rink”, and that the amusement park is “extremely remorseful to have invoked such unpleasant feelings”.

The amusement park plans to hold a memorial service for the fish once they are taken out of the ice.

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