Due to the lockdown even Humans are depressed without their Friends and family hangouts , Same feelings are on fish now at Australian aquarium,they too missing human interactions .
According to marine biologists on staff at Cairns Aquarium in Queensland, Australia, a number of fish became lethargic and disinterested in their environment without human visitors to engage with through the glass.
Some of them are even hide in dark corners of their tanks, and one fish in particular, a Queensland grouper named Chang, stopped eating for several weeks.
‘A lot of people don’t realize that animals can see outside of the tank and see the people, they actually really enjoy the human interaction,’ Paul Barnes, a curator and marine biologist at Cairns, told ABC News.
According to Barnes, fish are curious animals and appreciate having new things to look at and explore, both in their tanks and outside of them.
‘Just people going past the exhibits is a form of stimulation for these animals,’ Barnes said.
‘They like watching faces, the different colors people wear.’
To help the fish deal with their depression, aquarium management decided to hire an additional diver to swim with them and keep them company ,As per the Dailymail report
‘We’ve got these leopard sharks, and they almost like being held or cuddled like puppy dogs,’ Daniel Leipnik, Cairns’ chief executive, told AAP.
‘We normally have two divers, we now have three. So there’s a bit more human contact going on, just to create that extra stimulation.’
The depressive feelings are likely due to fluctuations in serotonin and dopamine similar to what humans when they’re depressed.