Japanese Diver Keeps Visiting His Best Friend For Over 25 Years

It is not rare to see people form a bond with a puppy or a kitten. But this unique friendship between a diver and a fish baffles everyone. And like it isn’t odd enough already, these two unusual friends share this special bond for over 25 years, now.

It all started many years ago when the Japanese diver Hiroyuki Arakawa has been appointed to supervise a ‘torii’ – a sacred shrine to the Shinto religion. But this wasn’t like any other ‘torii’ as it stands beneath the surface of Tateyama Bay in Japan. Given its moral importance, Hiroyuki had to dive often in order to check the site’s condition. And since he has been diving for so many years, the man ended up knowing even the marine creatures that live there. Especially a wrasse fish the diver named Yoriko and with whom he shares such a unique friendship.

Even if it sounds quite strange, Hiroyuki and Yoriko are getting along very well and they can’t get the chance to see each other again. And no matter how unreal a friendship between a human being and fish sounds, apparently science even has an explanation for this. It turns out that fishes could actually remember human faces.


“Scientists presented the fish with two images of human faces and trained them to choose one by spitting their jets at that picture,” Dr. Cait Newport from Oxford University told CNN. “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 with a 86% accuracy.”

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