Japanese scuba diver Hiroyuki Arakawa has had an unlikely friendship with a fish for the past 25 years. Arakawa is the caretaker of a Shinto shrine located underwater in Tateyama Bay, Japan. Over the years, he has become friends with many of the marine creatures that live near the shrine, including an Asian sheepshead wrasse (Semicossyphus reticulatus) named Yoriko.
Arakawa first met Yoriko 25 years ago. He noticed that she seemed exhausted, as if she was sick or injured. She couldn’t catch her own food, so he brought her five crabs every day for about 10 days. She eventually got better, and they’ve been friends ever since.
“I’d say we understand each other. No that we can talk to each other but, it just happened naturally,” Arakawa said. “I kissed her once. But I’m the only person she will let do it.”
Now, whenever Arakawa comes to repair the shrine, Yoriko immediately swims over to say hi and he gives her a kiss. The pair have taken several of adorable selfies together, proving that even fish can become lifelong friends with humans.