Space World's Frozen Fish Ice Rink Closes After Backlash


A theme park in Japan has been forced to close its ice rink after countless people complained over the 5,000 dead fish that have been frozen into it.

Some of the sea creatures at Space World, in Kitakyushu-shi, Fukuoka, spell out the word "hello."

Officials made the decision to close the attraction on Sunday after intense public backlash.

Many posted damning reviews on the theme park's Facebook page, branding staff "sick in the head."


Hiroshi Wang wrote,

Renee Hale added,


The theme park reportedly came under fire after posting pictures of the attraction with insensitive captions like "I am d... d... drowning, s ... s... suffocating."

They had hailed it as a world-first.

Toshimi Takeda, general manager of Space World, said the park did not mean to offend people. He said,

He said the fish were bought at a local market and were dead before being frozen into the ice rink.

The attraction will be unfrozen so the fish can be removed, added Mr. Takeda.

Citations: CNN