Too lazy to get up at 3 a.m. to watch the World Cup games? Didn’t manage to buy a fake doctor’s note to skip work? Don’t worry, The Shanghai Ocean Aquarium has you covered. The aquarium is hosting its very own “Underwater World Cup 2014” featuring…fish footballers.
On Thursday, two teams of “trained” fish faced off in this special water tank to mark the beginning of the real thing in Brazil. According to CRIEnglish.com:
Twenty-three-fish representing two different colored teams and a referee swam around in a specially designed tank, covered with plastic grass and complete with goalposts, corner flags, penalty areas and a large lump of feed as the ball.
The cichlid fish in yellow and blue were chosen for the match because they tend to swim near the bottom of the tank, according to staff at the Shanghai Ocean Aquarium.
One fish with black and white stripes was nominated as the referee because of its aggressive personality, according to the aquarium’s marketing director, Yang Yong.
But while Brazil won 3-1 against Croatia, the fish footballers didn’t manage to move the ball and walked home on a tie.
China’s aquariums are a magical, strange place.
By Aliaume Leroy
[Images via CRIEnglish.com]