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5,000 dead fish frozen into ice rink

5,000 dead fish frozen into ice rink

Ice skaters were left livid after they saw 5,000 dead fish frozen under an ice rink.

Space World amusement park in Kitakyushu, western Japan received a flood of criticism on social media after it used the dead animals to give its Ice Aquarium attraction an authentic theme.

The rink, which opened on November 12, was forced to close on Sunday (27.11.16) after complaints flooded in about 25 different species of fish being frozen under the 250m rink.

Japanese broadcaster NHK captured the frozen fish on a blue floor to make it appear that they were swimming below the ice.

The general manager of Space World, Toshimi Takeda, said the fish in the ice had been 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".

Space World said the fish were purchased from a local market and were dead before the water was frozen.

The operator plans to hold a memorial service for the fish once they're taken out of the ice.