In a video which has since gone viral, two men can be seen dunking a frozen fish into a tub of water as part of a science experiment. What happens next has many upset.
According to the Daily Mail, the experiment was hosted by Russian blogger Dmitry Shilov, who purchased the live carp from a supermarket.
Dmitry reportedly wanted to activate the natural hibernation capabilities of fish and so he dunked the carp in a bucket of dry ice and let it freeze.
The fish stayed in the dry ice for 20 seconds before Dmitry – joined by a cameraman and unidentified co host – plopped it back in the tank of warm water.
The fish lay there, frozen, for several minutes. But eventually, it began to move.
See the full clip below.
They are speaking in Russian but you should be able to follow what’s going on nonetheless.
Fish are cold-blooded animals, meaning their body temperatures adjust depending on their environment. This, according to Full Service Aquatics, gives them the ability to survive in freezing bodies of water through a process known as torpor.
Torpor is a short hibernation that results in a slower metabolism, reduced body temperature and reduced breathing for fish.
Now, fish don’t usually hang out in bodies of water that get as cold as -78º Fahrenheit so there’s no telling if this is what truly happened in Dmitri’s video but it’s a good guess.
As for the test subject, Dmitry reportedly took it to a river and set it free following the experiment.