Tokyo, May 9: A Japanese aquarium had a crazy idea to entertain the public when it was temporarily closed due to the coronavirus outbreak – to showcase marine animals to each other and share the results online.
A group of eight penguins in Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise near Tokyo regularly waddles inside the aquarium and now they have a new stop – a seal tank they had never encountered before. Eels with sensations! The Japanese aquarium wants people to video call their shy eels who feel lonely during the lockdown (watch video).
“They’re not actively trying to get to know each other, but I’m sure they’re interested in each other,” aquarium spokesperson Naoya Goto told AFP. “They’re both really cute, so we decided to let them see each other, film it and share it on social media,” he said.
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Museums, zoos and aquariums remain closed as a national state of emergency is in place in Japan until the end of May. The penguins in the aquarium regularly walk for up to 20 minutes – a routine in place even before the pandemic – because they need more exercise, Goto said.
And they need to experience some variety from time to time so that they “don’t get bored,” he added. “We want to increase the quality of life for these penguins.” Sea Paradise also introduced an otter to a beluga, two of their most popular animals. Aquarium keeper Nagomi Sato said she is posting their videos, “hoping they will offer healing and relieve stress” for those who are stuck inside due to the virus.
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