Many a times we have helped people only to realize how quickly they forget it despite the fact that humans have excellent memory. But apparently creatures of the animal kingdom are a little more grateful, they become your friends and then stick by that friendship. One such story is of Hiroyuki Arakawa, a Japanese diver and a local fish called Yoriko. She belongs to the Kobudai species of fish in Japan. Hiroyuki and Yoriko have been friends for over 25 years after Hiroyuki saved Yoriko from a near death experience by feeding her manually for 10 days.


Hiroyuki is entrusted with the job of overseeing the underwater shrine at Japan’s Tateyama Bay. It is one of the Shinto religion’s shrines called torii. Hiroyuki became familiar with all the marine creatures in the deep sea as he also serves as a guide to anyone who wants to visit the underwater shrine. However, he developed a special bond with Yoriko. He has been greeting her with a kiss every time they meet since they became friends.

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Recent studies have found that fish can recognise human faces and also respond emotionally near an acquaintance. This explains why Yoriko doesn’t let anyone else kiss her, she is especially fond of Hiroyuki. You can catch them at play at Hiroyuki’s Facebook page where he posts constant updates of his playtime with his buddy.


Hiroyuki belives they have a deep understanding between themselves and a sense of trust. Fishes do not warm up to anyone easily and it’s hard to touch or interact with them. This unique friendship of over two decades proves that a kind heart can win over even a supposedly unfeeling creature.

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You can check out this video where Hiroyuki talks about the special bond shared by him and Yoriko.