Eels seek one-to-one camchats and good times with humans

  • 18 Jul - 24 Jul, 2020
  • Mag The Weekly
  • Mag Files

The Sumida Aquarium, housed in the landmark Tokyo Skytree tower, has been closed since the start of March and its animals have become used to a largely human-free environment. But the aquarium said the ‘unprecedented situation’ was having some unexpected downsides. A spokesman said, “Creatures in the aquarium don’t see humans except keepers and they have started forgetting about humans. Garden eels in particular disappear into the sand and hide every time the keepers pass by,” he noted. “Let us make an emergency plea: Could you show your face to our garden eels from your home?” In a bid to reacquaint the eels with humans, the aquarium is setting up five tablets facing the tank housing the delicate creatures, with eel enthusiasts asked to connect through iPhones or iPads via the FaceTime app. Once the video calls start, people are supposed to show their faces, wave and talk to the eels. But given the tender nature of the animals, callers are asked not to shout.