Guizhou aquarium attracts wrong kind of attention by writing common surnames on fish

Source:Global Times Published: 2020/4/24 14:37:36


An aquarium in Southwest China's Guizhou Province recently triggered online controversy after it attempted to attract tourists by writing common Chinese surnames on its fish.

Photos show dozens of white fish bearing red Chinese characters featuring surnames such as "Zhao," "Hu" or "Wu" on their bodies, according to the Guiyang Evening Post on Friday.

According to the report, the fish were identified as blood parrots.

An employee working at the aquarium said that the fish were often ignored by visitors, so they wanted to incorporate some "interactive elements" to attract more attention. He noted that this could also help "popularize science."

"We used edible food coloring so it doesn't hurt the fish," the employee said.

It seems that the ploy has gained the aquarium more attention, but most likely not the kind managers were expecting. 

"Even though the fish is not hurt, my surname is," posted one netizen on China's Twitter-like Sina Weibo.

"It is not only ugly but abuses the fish" another wrote. 


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