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Japan aquariums shut to fight coronavirus delight kids with free online streaming

This picture released by the Enoshima Aquarium shows colorful, round lumpfish.
This picture posted by the Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise on Twitter shows the facility's capibaras.

YOKOHAMA -- Aquariums in Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo, which have closed temporarily to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus infections, are delighting people online with free streamed images of their colorful fish and other animals.

The Enoshima Aquarium in the city of Fujisawa is livestreaming footage of its popular lumpfish, penguins and other animals for free. The aquarium began the service on March 3, hoping to cater to fans and children who couldn't come to the facilities.

The daily footage lasts for about an hour and shows lumpfishes, which usually stick to rocks with their suckers and don't move very much, vigorously swimming about for food, as well as colorful and cute baby lumpfish.

The aquarium has received a stream of positive feedback, with one reporting that their children were "delighted." The footage will be livestreamed daily until March 19 and people can watch it via the facility's official website.

Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise in Yokohama's Kanazawa Ward has similarly posted video footage on its official Twitter account since Feb. 29, following its temporary closure. The videos show a walrus rolling over a field, lively penguins swimming about and capibaras licking each other's faces.

A staff member of the marine park said, "As many people have been refraining from going out, we hope the images will soothe people as they convey the appeal of living creatures."

(Japanese original by Kenetsu Inaba, Kamakura Local Bureau, and Shunsuke Kamiashi, Yokohama Bureau)

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