An aquarium in Japan urged the public to video-chat their eels, who are forgetting humans exist.
Sumida Aquarium at the Tokyo Skytree in Japan remained closed due to COVID-19 pandemic since March 1. The aquarium said eels have become used to a largely human-free environment.
In a tweet posted last April 28, they said “sea creatures are beginning to forget the existence of human beings due to the unusually long-term closure.”
The aquarium requested the public to show their faces to the garden eels from home via video call.
They arranged a video call with the public called “face-showing festival” from May 3-5 during the country’s Golden Week to communicate with eels, as a way to help maintain human contact.
The request attracted a lot of support online, with the trending hashtag #PleaseRememberHumans. The post earned 129,900 likes and 100,300 retweets.
Meanwhile, the aquarium requests to not raise their voices due to their oversensitive nature.
After weeks without the sight of humans, the staff were concerned about the garden eels, poking their heads up out of the seabed but going back into the sand at any sign of threat.
Because of this, the staff are having a hard time to confirm their health condition, whether they are thin, or they are sick.