A Japanese diver and a fish have been friends for 25 years, and this is not a fairy tale, guys. It's real. Hiroyuki Arakawa has been in charge of overseeing one of the sanctuaries of the Shinto religion called torii which is located below the surface of Tateyama Bay, Japan.
For decades, he has met creatures Marines who live around the sanctuary and, what is more important, made friends with a nice Asian fish called Yoriko . Their beautiful relationship was captured in this video, in which we can see Arakawa's habit of greeting the fish with a kiss.
A recent scientific study showed that fish can recognize human faces, and that makes them able to distinguish humans. "The scientists presented the fish with two images of human faces and trained them to choose one by spitting a stream of water in the photo," Cait Newport, of the University of Oxford, told CNN.
"The researchers decided to do things a little more difficult. They took the photographs and turned them into black and white. You will think that the fish would be confused. But no, they were able to choose the familiar face even in that way, and with more precision: 86% "
This new evidence makes the diver and friendship of Yoriko even more inspiring and legitimate.
This diver Japanese, Hiroyuki Arakawa, and his friend the fish, Yoriko
Whenever he sees it, Hiroyuki greets Yoriko with a kiss
Their first encounter was when Arakawa took care of this Shinto underground sanctuary
Over the decades, their friendship only got stronger, and this is something that we all can learn from