An ice rink in Japan featured about 5,000 dead fish, including sprats, mackerel and other fish that had been bought from a local market, embedded in the ice.
The fish were also used to spell out “hello” under the ice and to form an arrow showing skaters which direction to follow.
Other parts of the rink showed rays and whale sharks that, the park officials assured were merely enlarged photos placed beneath the ice.
The management of the Space World in Kitakyushu probably thought it was a brilliant idea — but people were quick to tell them otherwise.
Social media, especially their Facebook page, was full of people telling them how their “cruel,” “immoral” and “weird” idea was nothing short of “disrespect for life” and “lack of morality.”
"It is shocking that this kind of idea was taken up normally in Japan ... This is the worst attraction educationally," a local Facebook page called Relief Pain Animals wrote.
"This really makes me upset. Do you think children are happy to see this fish in skate rink?" commented Miura Tsubasa.
"You have no soul to plan such an event to begin with," another user called Misaki said.
Officials denied allegations that the park used live fish for the ice rink.
“The real fish we used were provided wholesale from public fish markets, and these fish sellers are all aware of the purpose of this project,” they said. “Many of these fish don’t meet standards for selling to customers. And the big fish like whale sharks, sharks and rays aren’t real, they’re simply photos that were blown up and embedded in the ice.”
However, the criticism kept pouring in and they were finally forced to admit their mistake in judgment.
"We received critical voices saying it is not good to use creatures as a toy, and that it is bad to let food go to waste," said Space World spokesman Koji Shibata.
The park is now melting the rink and plans to hold a memorial service for the fish.