Goldfish with tattoos of various symbols on display in Haikou
Inked up: Goldfish with tattoos of various symbols are displayed at a tropical trade fair in Hainan, China
As a symbol of wealth and harmony, the goldfish is a popular choice of tattoo.
But in a craze sweeping China, goldfish are themselves being inked with patterns and characters intended to being their owners good fortune.
These ones were being displayed during a tropical products trade fair in Haikou in the Hainan Province of China on Wednesday.
Tattooed fish first appeared on the market in 2005 and have become very popular in the last year or two.
The technique is not without its critics, however, who claim it is not only cruel, but against the laws of nature.
Animal rights groups called for the stunt, in which six fish were seen swimming in perfect synchronisation under magician Fu Yandong’s direction, to be banned.
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