Everlasting friendships are truly rare to come by. A lot of friends come and go in our lives, but it's the ones who've stuck with us through the years that we have the strongest bonds with. These friendships are not restricted to just humans.
For example, Hiroyuki Arakawa has developed an extremely strong friendship with a fish named Yoriko. Their relationship so far has lasted 25 years and is on-going. Yoriko is an Asian sheepshead wrasse that hangs out with Arakawa every time he visits underwater. They even kiss when they greet and take multiple selfies together!
Treat fish like friends, not food!
Although dogs have been dubbed as “man’s best friend,” we’ve learned that just about any species can act as man’s best friend. This couldn’t be anymore true for a local diver in the southern Chiba Prefecture of Japan.
Tateyama Bay in Japan is home to an extraordinary lifelong friendship.
We’re talking about a real life friendship between a local diver, Hiroyuki Arakawa, and a fish named Yoriko.
For more than 20 years, Arakawa has taken on the responsibilities as caretaker for an underwater Shinto shrine.
He oversees the shrine and acts as a guide for others who desire to visit it.
Throughout these dives, he's made acquaintances with the local marine animals.
One particular friendly Asian sheepshead wrasse became much more than just a mere acquaintance.
Having met each other 25 years ago, Yoriko and Arakawa's relationship has evolved into a wonderful friendship.
Every time Arakawa visits the shrine, it is guaranteed that he’ll see his friend. All he has to do is knock on a piece of metal and Yoriko immediately makes his way over to greet him.