The animals that usually come to mind when we hear the word affectionate are pets or certain farm animals – from dogs to cows. Rarely do we come across stories of marine life adorably interacting with humans because they are usually behind an aquarium or swimming freely in the ocean. But a Japanese diver certainly did the impossible as he shared to the world his unlikely friendship with a strange fish.
Local diver Hiroyuki Arakawa was entrusted with the responsibility of overseeing an underwater Shinto shrine at Tateyama Bay. It’s safe to say that the Japanese diver developed such a strong connection to the marine life existing in the submerged tourist spot.
Hiroyuki displayed his friendship with a bizarre-looking fish that he summons every time he goes underwater. The man would take a steel mallet and pound it on the bell of the shrine to call on the friendly fish.
The viral video showed off a big fish swimming up to Hiroyuki’s side. At first, the marine animal would catch you off guard because its face is similar to that of a human’s. According to the source, the fish was named Yoriko and is an Asian sheepshead wrasse.
It’s quite amazing to see Yoriko allow the diver to pet and touch him. Hiroyuki also went the extra mile by removing some of his diving gear, which is dangerous, to kiss and show affection to his friend. The diver must have been underwater for a long time to be able to create such a strong connection with these creatures.
What can you say about this Japanese diver and his great relationship with the fish? Were you surprised when he took out his diving mask just to be able to show affection for Yoriko the fish? Share your thoughts, reactions, and opinions in the comments section below!