Social distancing has been hard for everyone, even the eels at Tokyo’s Sumida Aquarium.
Since the aquarium closed to the public on March 1, its nearly 300 spotted garden eels have apparently been getting “used to a non-human environment and have forgotten about people.” Now, whenever the aquarium staff comes around, the eels act especially shy and bury themselves in the sand.
On April 28, the aquarium shared a post on its website to explain that the eels’ behavior is concerning — not only because the eels are starting to revert back to their cautious wild nature, but also because hiding from humans makes it difficult for keepers to know if the eels are healthy. Read more…
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