Japan’s Plan To Keep Eels Entertained

by | May 12, 2020

Japan’s Plan To Keep Eels Entertained

A Japanese aquarium is closed for business and looking for help to keep its residents entertained.

The aquarium in the Tokyo Skytree Tower has been shut down since early March, and for the past two months its animals have enjoyed a human-free environment. Unfortunately, forgetting about humans isn’t going to make opening day go any smoother.

For example, the aquarium noted on its Twitter page that its garden eels have started burying themselves in the sand when their keeper passes by. This behavior makes it hard for keepers to check the health of animals and is a cause for concern. So to reacquaint the eels with humans the aquarium set up five tablets to face the tanks and encouraged people to stop in for a virtual chat.

During a three-day period, people connected through facetime to show their faces, wave and talk to the eels. The aquarium said it was important to teach the eels that humans are not a threat. The only downside was only iPhone users could take part, that led people to tweet they had never regretted their Android more.

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