Trained sardines pack them in at Marine World

December 30, 2012

THE ASAHI SHIMBUN

FUKUOKA--Trained dolphins, seals and killer whales are daily attractions at most sea parks and aquariums around the world. But trained sardines?

At Marine World Umino-Nakamichi, divers are entering the water each day to feed a school of about 10,000 tamed Japanese sardines, or maiwashi. Illuminated by the blue light of the aquarium, the sardines are shining swirls of silver as they dash about the upper levels of the tank with the diver.

In Japan, it is rare for divers to be able to do so, the aquarium said, adding that it took two months for the fish to be tamed. At first, the sardines were fleeing from divers when they entered the tank. However, divers tried various maneuvers in the water and the fish gradually grew accustomed to their presence.

The show is scheduled to last until Jan. 6.

THE ASAHI SHIMBUN
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A diver feeds Japanese sardines in the Marine World Umino-Nakamichi aquarium in Fukuoka on Dec. 29. (Azumi Fukuoka)

A diver feeds Japanese sardines in the Marine World Umino-Nakamichi aquarium in Fukuoka on Dec. 29. (Azumi Fukuoka)

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  • A diver feeds Japanese sardines in the Marine World Umino-Nakamichi aquarium in Fukuoka on Dec. 29. (Azumi Fukuoka)

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