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Frozen Fish for Exploration

What a way to explore the ocean. Japan’s Kori no Suizokukan (Ice Aquarium) in Kesennuma, northeastern Japan has about 450 specimens of about 80 species on display for anyone to examine or ponder. But they aren’t floating or zipping through aquariums. Nope…they’re frozen in blocks of ice…

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Crave writes, “Turn on the TV in Japan and you’re bound to see someone slicing up a tuna on a cooking show while commentators ooh and aah. It’s no wonder, then, that during the current heat wave frying Tokyo, people are heading north for chills and eye candy in the form of giant fish popsicles.”

Indeed, the museum is a chilly -5 degrees F.

The museum opened in 2002 in the Uminoichi seafood market — a likely place for such a display of everything from crabs and octopuses to ice from the Antarctic.

Could this be the only way we’ll have access to our ocean’s species in the future? It’s a bleak thought. But for now, it’s a novel way to display the marine life of our seas.


Images via Crave