A Japanese Diver Has Been Visiting His Fish BFF for 25 Years

Fish are probably more intelligent than you give them credit for!

This Japanese diver has been visiting his fish BFF for the last 25 years.

Hiroyuki Arakawa is in charge of maintaining a Shinto shrine located below the water in Japan’s Tateyama Bay. Over the past 25 years he’s been performing this duty, he’s befriended a sheepshead wrasse known as Yoriko.

Arakawa has an adorable custom of greeting Yoriko with a kiss, whenever he comes down to tend to the shrine, which was caught on video.

Oxford University recently released data from a study that proves fish are more intelligent than you might think, and lends credence to Arakawa’s claim. The research found fish can recognise human faces with an accuracy of 86 percent.

So, it’s very likely Yoriko recognises Arakawa, and has been coming to greet him all these years.

Let’s take a look at Arakawa and Yoriko’s amazing friendship!

 Japanese diver Hiroyuki Arakawa has a fish BFF

A Japanese Diver Has Been Visiting His Fish BFF for 25 Years

Arakawa always greets the striking fish with a kiss!

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