A Japanese aquarium closed during the coronavirus outbreak asked people to make video calls to its eels so they ‘remember humans exist and don’t pose a threat’.
Inhabitants of the Sumida Aquarium have become used to a largely human-free environment, but the aquarium said this was having downsides.
“Garden eels in particular disappear into the sand every time the keepers pass by,” a spokesman said. He added this was causing difficulties for keepers trying to check on their health.
In a bid to reacquaint the eels with humans, the aquarium sent out a plea on Twitter using the hashtag #PleaseRememberHumans asking enthusiasts to dial in using FaceTime to five tablets facing the eels tank, reported the Metro.