This Fish Has Been Coming To Get A Kiss From His Friend Every Day For 20 Years


For over 20 years, an incredible friendship has been blossoming underwater in Chiba, Japan, and it's between a man and a fish, reports The Dodo.


As crazy as it may seem, Yoriko, who belongs to the family of Sheepshead fish, is never late for his daily encounter with his human friend: Hiroyuki Arakawa.


This type of friendship has never been seen before and it's thanks to the local diver's super unique job.


Indeed, Hiroyuki has the important job of overseeing the underwater shrine in Tateyama Bay dedicated to the Shinto religion.


The scuba diver has therefore become utterly devoted to the area and its marine inhabitants, who he sees every working day.


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Hiroyuki makes sure that the shrine is in a good state, repairs it if needs be, and leads people there who wish to pray at the spiritual place.


Whenever the man dives down to the shrine, Yoriko the fish is always there to welcome him with open fins.


Hiroyuki barely makes it to the temple before the friendly fish comes swimming towards him to greet him.


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And the fish approaches, his friend gently strokes his head…


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And then, as a sign of respect, he lifts off his mask…


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And he gives his best friend a kiss on the forehead!


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The fish then drifts off, very satisfied by their exchange.


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Whilst it has not yet been scientifically proved whether fish have feelings, the story between these two old friends shows us that there's a lot more to them than meets the eye.


Whilst we wait for science to prove what nature seems to show, Yoriko, which means "trustworthy" in Japonese, is true to his name when you see how loyal he is to his human companion.


Discover the pair's daily ritual underwater in the video below:



H/t: @TheDodo