A Diver from Japan and a Fish Share a Special Friendship for Over 25 Years

Meet Japan’s real-life Aquaman, a 79-year-old diver who has had an unusual friendship with a fish for over 25 years.

Beneath the surface of Tateyama Bay is a shrine called Torii, which is particularly known to be very sacred to the people of the Shinto religion.

Local diver Hiroyuki Arakawa has been tasked to be the guardian of the shrine and to guide both local and tourist divers who intend to visit the sacred place.

Over the years, Hiroyuki Arakawa has been visiting the shrine often and has become familiar with the marine life surrounding the area. He has built a very unique friendship with an Asian sheepshead wrasse he named Yoriko.

Hiroyuki Arakawa and Yoriko have formed a strong bond based on respect, understanding, and trust. Their beautiful friendship has been captured on video via Great Big Story and was shared on YouTube, wherein the highlight of the clip shows Hiroyuki Arakawa taking off his diving mask and giving a sweet kiss to Yoriko twice.

Arakawa believed that he is able to touch and interact with Yoriko because there is a sense of trust between them.

Dr. Cait Newport from the University of Oxford recently conducted a study that fish are smarter than other species and are more sociable, though they are not the typical ‘feelers’ creatures. In an interview with CNN, Dr. Newport said, “Two images of human faces were presented to fish by scientists and the fish were trained to choose one by spitting their jet at the picture. The researcher chooses to make things a little difficult. They made the picture black and white, and the head shapes were evened out. You would be of the thought that would throw the fish for a loop. But no. they were able to pick the face they were familiar with and with more accuracy: 86%!”

Credits to: Great Big Story/YouTube

People may not believe that a strong friendship between a man and a fish may be probable. We only need to observe the unique friendship between Hiroyuki Arakawa and Yoriko shown on video, and their gestures toward one another are proof enough. Their friendship will last a lifetime.

Images credits: The Mind Circle and Hazama Marine Park

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