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   xoxoxoBruce  Thursday Aug 19 12:49 AM

Aug 19, 2010: A Cool Aquarium

A cool aquarium... very cool... as a matter of fact it's minus 5 degrees F.

Welcome to The Big Chill, Japanese style! The "Kori no Suizokukan" (Ice Aquarium) in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, displays around 450 specimens of fish from over 80 different species, flash frozen in a life-like state after being unloaded from fishing vessels at a nearby port.
The ice columns are exposed to the open air inside the Aquarium so a powerful refrigeration system is constantly working to keep the ambient temperature at a bone-chilling minus 20 degrees Celsius (-5F). On hot days, the temperature differential between the Aquarium's interior and the outside air can exceed 50 degrees Celsius (58F). Visitors are able to don protective clothing to help them stay warm while browsing the eerily motionless displays, which are illuminated with icy pale blue lighting to enhance the "frozen world" effect.
What, hot days don't exceed 53 degrees F?
Oh, and there's a Maguro (tuna) Sashimi restaurant next door.


GunMaster357  Thursday Aug 19 04:43 AM

Someone got his conversion from C to F wrong.

A difference of 50C between inside and out means 122F.

Since they say it is -20C inside, outside temp would be 30C, meaning something like 85F.

Gravdigr  Thursday Aug 19 04:54 AM

That's pretty cool.<---See what I did? I kill me!

ZenGum  Thursday Aug 19 05:34 AM

Icy what you did there.

Sheldonrs  Thursday Aug 19 07:17 AM

Mrs. Pauls Aquarium.

monster  Thursday Aug 19 07:30 AM

Originally Posted by ZenGum View Post
Icy what you did there.
that was a goodun fro' Zen

Shawnee123  Thursday Aug 19 08:22 AM

Originally Posted by Sheldonrs View Post
Mrs. Pauls Aquarium.

ToastyOhs  Thursday Aug 19 09:15 AM

So, it is like living in Maine during the winter, only inside out. Just without the wind-chill factor and mosquitoes wearing parkas.

newtimer  Thursday Aug 19 09:29 AM

Welcome to the world's most boring aquarium.
Can you see fish swimming around? No.
Can you watch them eat at feeding time? No.

But you CAN see them on ice; just like a trip to your supermarket's frozen section, only it's painfully colder. Also, you have to pay.

Trilby  Thursday Aug 19 10:22 AM

Originally Posted by newtimer View Post
Welcome to the world's most boring aquarium.
Can you see fish swimming around? No.
Can you watch them eat at feeding time? No.
My feelings exactly.

Shawnee123  Thursday Aug 19 11:07 AM

But it's wacky. Always with the wacky.

chrisinhouston  Thursday Aug 19 12:47 PM

Made me think about what I currently have in my own freezer. A couple of types of wild salmon from Alaska and Washington state, tuna, halibut, cod, mahi mahi, crab, shrimp, squid and mussels. Perhaps I could open my own version of this aquarium.

Cloud  Thursday Aug 19 01:03 PM

a glacirium. or something.

those people look like they're having a good time, but -- Japanese and their fish. very suspect.

dmg1969  Thursday Aug 19 02:22 PM

So, in essence, it's a sushi museum.

Gravdigr  Thursday Aug 19 03:44 PM

The woman who runs it is a cold fish.

Shawnee123  Thursday Aug 19 04:03 PM

Salmon Ella, they call her. She's been the subject of many a fisherman's folk song.

spudcon  Thursday Aug 19 06:55 PM

Ya did it again, Shawnee.

squirell nutkin  Thursday Aug 19 09:59 PM

Salmon Janet Evening
You may meet a stranger
You may meet a stranger
Across a crowded room...

Gravdigr  Friday Aug 20 03:03 AM

newtimer  Friday Aug 20 09:39 AM

Originally Posted by chrisinhouston View Post
Perhaps I could open my own version of this aquarium.
Makes sense to me. Just open your freezer's door for a minute and let the Japanese tourists see what you got. No need for people to wrap up in a big blanket.

Pete Zicato  Friday Aug 20 11:44 AM

Originally Posted by Gravdigr View Post
The woman who runs it is a cold fish.
But her clients are cool customers.

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