Over the years, we come across many strange and beautiful friendships between humans and wild animals. It’s not often that you come across humans and fish.
Scuba diver Hiroyuki Arakawa has been diving in Japan’s Tateyama Bay for over 25 years. He is the allocated caretaker to Shinto religion’s shrines called torii, located 56ft underwater in Tateyama Bay.
It’s through these dives that he met a fish named Yoriko, an Asian sheepshead wrasse, in Japan known as Kodubai.
Yoriko lives by the shrine gate and Arakawa, the shrine’s caretaker have developed a special bond over the years. When Arakawa visits the shrine, he knocks on a piece of metal to get Yoriko’s attention. Yoriko immediately swims over to him.
It is customary for Arakawa to give Yoriko a huge kiss, and he is the only person allowed to do it.
It may sound strange, yet studies have shown that fish can identify a human face.
One day she was ill and couldn’t catch her own food, and Arakawa fed her crabs for about ten days until she was well enough. It was probably at this point that they developed such trust between each other.
The majority of people look at fish as food when in fact, science is revealing that fishes are intelligent and emotional beings. Just because their bodies are shaped differently, and their faces lack features like ours that show emotions. Their eyes don’t blink. We cannot see fish cry, it doesn’t mean that they don’t feel pain.
This video between diver Arakawa and Yoriko proves that they are sentient creatures with the capacity to feel.
Featured Image: Hiroyuki Arakawa