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article imageSingapore Aquarium puts Chips in Fish

By Chris V. Thangham     May 23, 2007 in World
Singapore's Underwater World aquarium tags fishes for easy identification for the visitors.
Singapore's aquarium has tagged some of its fishes using microchips to help visitors identify the different species on display.
Singapore’s Underwater World aquarium has set this up in a neat way, by which any visitor can see the name, species and other information displayed on the touch screen whenever any of the 20 tagged fishes swim past the sensor. They don’t have to ask others about the fishes; instead will be displayed on the monitor.
Peter Chew, Sales and Marketing manager at Underwater World said this will help the visitors instead of trying to identify themselves with the pictures shown.
This aquarium is on Singapore’s Sentosa island, it is the first of its kind to tag its exhibit fishes with microchips and using the radio frequency identification technology.
This technology cost them $30,000 Singapore Dollars ($19,600 US dollars). The Underwater World aquarium is also planning to tag sharks.
Some of the fishes tagged are arapaima, one of the world’s largest freshwater fish and pacu, a fish species related to the deadly piranha.
I think it is a great educational tool, as long the tagging doesn’t affect the fish’s health. The children and adults alike would love to know what they are seeing.
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