With two weeks to go before FIFA World Cup 2006 kicks off in Germany, an aquarium in Japan organised a very unique football match using fish to represent national teams.
In the 2006 World Cup, the Japanese National Team that is in group F will play against the defending champion and favourite Brazil, as well as Croatia and Australia.
The Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise Aquarium in a Tokyo suburb came up with the idea of using the colour of individual species of fish to represent each national football team's uniform.
Japan's national team uniform is blue, so a group of Palett Surgeonfish were used, and since Brazil's national team uniform is yellow a group of Yellow Tang were used.
The football is made from shrimp, which seems to guarantee underwater kick around.
Daisuke Morita, who works at the aquarium said it has proved very popular with visitors. "It is everyone's favourite topic. So, this event has been pretty successful," he said.
Curious boys and girls gathered around the fish tank to cheer on the Japanese team. "Go, blue, go!," said one young Japanese fan.
The Aquarium football match is played twice a day.
The real Japanese national football team will play against Australia first on June 12th then Croatia on June 18th followed by Brazil on June 22nd.
Nearer to the start of FIFA World Cup 2006, the Blue-green Chromis representing Australia, and the red and white chequered Longnose Hawkish fish representing Croatia will both play the Palett Surgeonfish, representing Japan.