A Japanese diver has an amazing friendship with the same wrasse fish for 25 years. This friendship with animals is for real and it’s not a fairytale.

Hiroyuki Arakawa, the diver has been asked to oversee one of the Shinto religion’s shrines called torii, which is located beneath the surface of Japan’s Tateyama Bay. He is a friend with many marine creatures and sea fishes who live around the shrine over the decades. He had a special friendship with a friendly Asian sheepshead wrasse named Yoriko. Their beautiful relationship was captured on a viral video, that Arakawa’s custom of greeting the fish with a kiss.

According to one recent scientific study, fish can recognize human faces. Dr. Cait Newport from Oxford University told CNN, “Scientists presented the fish with two images of human faces and trained them to choose one by spitting their jets at that picture. The researchers decided to make things a little harder. They took the pictures and made them black and white and evened out the head shapes. You’d think that would throw the fish for a loop. But no, they were able to pick the familiar face even then – and with more accuracy: 86%!”

The diver and this animal’s friendship become more inspiring and legit due to this new evidence.

The Japanese diver Hiroyuki Arakawa and his buddy of 25 years, a local fish named Yoriko

The man greets the fish with a kiss in every time they meet

They first met when Arakawa got entrusted to look after an underwater Shinto shrine

Their friendship only grew stronger over the decades and we can learn something out of this

Watch the video below:

credit – boredpanda.com

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