Freaky cases of moose, fish frozen in ice prompts wonder and outrage

The world has been transfixed by the recent discovery of two moose frozen solid under ice in Alaska.

The animals, lodged in battled and then seemingly frozen in time, were discovered earlier this month in Unalakleet by Brad Webster and Jeff Erickson.

“Remarkable find outside of Unalakleet,” Erickson posted on Facebook, where his photos have been shared thousands of times. “2 bulls got in a tussle over some ladies….and ended up being put on ice. The plan is to remove intact for a very unique head mount.”

Moose frozen in battle in Alaska. Jeff Erickson/Facebook
Moose frozen in battle in Alaska. Jeff Erickson/Facebook

The find was incredibly unusual.

Bull moose battling for attention and to the death. Jeff Erickson/Facebook
Bull moose battling for attention and to the death. Jeff Erickson/Facebook

The men later returned to retrieve the carcasses.

Work to recover the animals about to being. Jeff Erickson/Facebook
Work to recover the animals about to begin. Jeff Erickson/Facebook

Which were eventually recovered – the photos are admittedly a little gruesome – but they are now with Webster.

“He’ll decide what is done with the recovered treasure,” Erickson wrote. “I was just happy to be a part of the effort. Likely once in a lifetime experience.”

The incident was a moment of awe at the power of nature. But in Japan, frozen creatures in ice is now causing international outrage.

Indeed, the Space World amusement park has now closed its skating rink dubbed “Freezing Port,” which was built around the corpses of about 5,000 dead fish.

It was popular for a time, but then outrage poured onto social media and press around the world picked up the story.

Space World's short-lived Ice Aquarium skating rink. Space World/Facebook
Space World’s short-lived Ice Aquarium skating rink. Space World/Facebook

The facility removed its promotional material over the weekend after outrage spread. The fish were already dead – purchased from a local market – when they were arranged and frozen. But that didn’t matter.

Facility manager Toshimi Takeda told CNN the park would  hold an “appropriate religious service” for the fish once the rink is thawed.

“We were shocked to hear the reaction as the ice skate rink was very popular since it opened two weeks ago, we had an unprecedented number of visitors,” he told CNN. “… We are sorry for the project and decided to close the rink on that night.”

A skating rink in Japan featuring frozen fish was popular, until it wasn't. Space World/Facebook
A skating rink in Japan featuring frozen fish was popular, until it wasn’t. Space World/Facebook

Photos Jeff Erickson/Facebook Space World/Facebook

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