This isn’t a video that you’d believe at first viewing. In fact, you’d probably rewatch it a couple of times to make sure you saw right — which might account for the massive number of views that this video has received.
The one we’re talking about is a 2-minute, 13-second video that shows a frozen fish coming to life. The fish, which has been frozen stiff, is taken from the freezer and immersed in a tub of water with another fish. Slowly it starts to defronts, and soon you can see the fins moving, and the fish eventually starts swimming.
Uploaded by a Facebook user on January 22, it has recieved over 45 million views in less than three days, and over 1 million shares.
Posted by Jinbin Huang on Thursday, 21 January 2016
The same video has also been shared by other users, which has elicited various responses. Many have attempted to figure out what’s going on, or the science behind it. Some suggested the clip was fake, but others countered, saying they’ve seen fish behave similarly as well. “To those saying it’s fake,” says one user, “you can catch a fish and leave it in an ice slurry (has the same effect, they go stiff and pretty much just fall asleep) all day long, then fillet it and find its heart still beating so I’d pretty much believe this, especially if it was just snap frozen for a few hours or less.”