Tokyo Oceanarium asked to call the eels so that they get used to people

US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — The Sumida Oceanarium in Tokyo has about 10,000 marine animals of approximately 400 species. It works seven days a week all year round, but during the pandemic, the leadership of the aquarium was forced to close it for visiting. In addition to revenue loss, Sumida faced another unexpected problem.

Spotted garden eels ( Heteroconger hassi ), popular in the oceanarium, from the Conger family, during quarantine, have weaned from people who were usually in large numbers near their aquariums.

Sumida employees filmed a video that shows how blackheads hide in holes when a person approaches.

お願い人間のこと思い出して!「緊急開催!チンアナゴ顔見せ祭り!」

明日開催!!人がいないことに慣れてしまったチンアナゴ。近づくだけで穴に潜ってしまい、飼育スタッフが「元気かどうか」の確認が難しく困っています。みなさんの顔見せで、人間の存在を思い出すようご協力ください。https://www.sumida-aquarium.com/news/details/2236/#休園中の動物園水族館

Gepostet von すみだ水族館 am Samstag, 2. Mai 2020

According to Sumida’s leadership, this behavior of the Heteroconger hassi prevents employees from inspecting the animals to monitor their health and breeding. However, Sumid found an unusual way out of the situation.

They placed tablets near the aquariums and asked those who wanted to help make video calls to these devices so that the eels would get used to people again. Predicting the popularity of such calls, volunteers were asked to spend no more than five minutes communicating with eels to give others the opportunity to participate in the action.

チンアナゴ顔見せ祭り、全日程終了!!皆さま、たくさんのご参加、本当にありがとうございました。3日間で世界各国から100万件を超える着信&生配信の視聴者数200万人以上という結果に、私たちスタッフが一番驚いています。チンアナゴたちも当初…

Gepostet von すみだ水族館 am Montag, 4. Mai 2020

The result exceeded all expectations of Sumida employees, and only a few were lucky to take part in the action, since more than 200 million calls were made to the installed devices. As reported in the aquarium, now Heteroconger hassi are much less afraid of people than at the beginning of the experiment.

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