Hiroyuki Arakawa has been given a very important job. For the last 25 years, he has been protecting a shrine beneath the surface of Tateyama Bay in Japan. The shrine is called Torii and houses many different species. Over the years, Arakawa has made acquaintances with many of the marine life species, but none as amazing as the friendship with Yoriko the sheepshead wrasse. This amazing creature recognizes Arakawa and how they greet each other is breathtaking.
Studies prove Fish Can Recognize Faces
A study done by Oxford University has proven that fish can recall human faces with over 85% accuracy and how Yoriko proves this will amaze you. Every dive that Arakawa makes, he is greeted with fish kisses. This massive fish is a gentle giant and is always happy to see his human friend. Over the years, their friendship has grown stronger and the affection that each bestows on the other is something we can all learn from.
Friendship Overcomes Boundaries
The video of the encounters that these two unlikely friends are a part of, has gone viral and many are in awe by the sweet nature of this relationship. Take a look at how Hiroyuki and his fish friend Yoriko share their bond and you will see that friendship breaks through barriers.