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The Unlikely 25-Year Friendship Between a Human Diver and a Fish

Tateyama Bay, in Japan’s Chiba Prefecture, is the meeting place of two very unlikely friends – local┬ádiver Hiroyuki Arakawa and an Asian sheepshead wrasse by the name of Yoriko. The pair┬ámet 25 years ago and have been visiting each other ever since.

Arakawa has been looking after an underwater Shinto shrine located in Tateyama Bay for over a quarter of a century, also acting as a guide for tourist who want to visit it. During that time, he has become unusually close with a giant friendly fish who comes to greet him whenever he calls. All he has to do is call – by knocking with a hammer on a piece of metal – and the fish shows up. They’ve been friends for 25 years now, and Hiroyuki has even named the fish Yoriko.

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