Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Lonely fish falls for lookalike toy

Love is in the air at Great Yarmouth Sea Life centre after a lonely fish fell for a plastic toy.

Staff say Bess the cow-horned boxfish became dreamy eyed soon after the plastic Moshi Monster toy was added to her tank as part of a new display.

Bess, the only cow-horned Boxfish at the centre, is now infatuated with the plastic figure, called Blurp.

The couple share the same distinctive spiky body shape leading staff to believe the boxfish has mistaken the toy for another of her species.

Curator Christine Pitcher says: "I know they usually say opposites attract but in this case they couldn't be more alike.

"The Moshi has spikes which are similar the boxfish's own horns so it's likely the fish thinks it's another boxfish".

Staff have now decided to leave the Moshi in the tank permanently rather than see Bess broken hearted.

"Whatever the reason the fish has taken such a shine to the toy, we think we are going to have to leave it in there now so the boxfish doesn't pine for her new friend," Ms Pitcher added.

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