Ever since they first appeared at the aquarium in Enoshima, Kanagawa Prefecture, the balloon lumpfish became a hit among visitors. Like most things in the last decade, social media played a big role in amplifying their popularity and they soon became online celebrities. The reason? Like many things in Japan, people find them cute because of the awkward way they swim (this has to do with the shape of their body) and fascinating because of their very strong pelvic fins, which function as a suction cup. And what is cuter than an animal? Well, a cuddly version of it – like the Balloon Lumpfish Plush Mascot!
Yes, it's been made as a mascot toy (which in Japanese means small stuffed toys that can be attached to your bag or backpack), but the truth is that the Balloon Lumpfish Plush Mascot is more than that. Created with the help of the aquarium's caretakers, this cute little fish has all the details right, from the size (8.5 x 4.8 x 5 cm, 3.3 x 1.9 x 2") to the color and the sucker-like fin. So even if you are not able to visit Enoshima's aquarium to see the real fish any time soon, you can have the best next thing always with you – and yes, it comes with a ball chain so you can hang it anywhere you like!
Specs and Features:
- Dimensions: approx. 8.5 x 4.8 x 5 cm (3.3 x 1.9 x 2")
- Materials: polyester 95%, polyurethane 5%
- Comes with ball chain
- For ages 6 years and above
- Not washable
- Special order: please allow 1-2 months for delivery