I thought /comfy/ might like to try this: Sumida Aquarium in Tokyo has requested that people video call their garden eels so that they don't forget what humans look like.
>"As the (aquarium) has been closed for a long time, the animals aren't seeing any other people other than the staff ...they're beginning to forget about humans. The garden eels in particular have started to burrow themselves into the sand and hide even when aquarium staff pass by their tank."
If the eels burrow into the sand when humans come near the staff can't check on them properly, so they've set up five iPads around the tank and request that members of the public use FaceTime to call the eels and show them their faces.
Pic related reads:
>Please help! The garden eels are forgetting about humans!
>GARDEN EEL FACE-SHOWING FESTIVAL
>So, we have an urgent request.
>Would you mind showing them your face from home?
>This is the first time we've tried this.
>We don't know if it will work, but we'd still like to try.
>Please assist us in finding out.
If you FaceTime the addresses in pic related you can try to get through to the eels. They are available Please don't raise your voice or make loud noises because it will scare the eels.
Only those with Apple devices that can use FaceTime can do this, unfortunately. They also ask to limit the call time to five minutes.
The festival is open now and will be open until 2pm JST (three hours from now). Not much time, but maybe they will extend the festival to more days.
They are also streaming the eel tank at https://twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1djGXQQrnBeJZ
(without showing the iPads, obviously), so you can watch the eels watch humans if you can't get through.