A theme park in Japan says they’re shocked at the negative backlash its received, after freezing 5,000 fish and other sea creatures into the floor of its ice skating rink.

Amusement parks ‘Space World’ has apologised after receiving an onslaught of negative publicity on social media following local TV broadcast of the exhibit.

“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.” Said Space World manager Toshimi Takeda.

CNN reported the winter attraction called ‘Freezing Port’ was closed the same night the broadcast aired.

The amusement park first posted a photo of the frozen fish on Facebook alongside the caption, “I am d… d… drowning, s…s… suffocating.” The post has since been deleted.

According to The Guardian the fish which included sprats, mackerel, crabs, and other shellfish, were formed in the ice to spell out “hello” and also to form an arrow directing skaters across the rink.


A Space World representative has denied reports the park bought the fish alive and froze them in the ice rink, claiming the fish were already dead when they were bought wholesale and were frozen into the ice.

Bizarrely the park says it plans to excavate all the fish and hold a memorial service for them.

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