We all have some strange friends and sometimes we even make dogs, cats, etc. our best friends but they’ve got nothing on this pair. Hiroyuki Arakawa, 79, certainly makes our tardiness in texting our friends back or forgetting their birthdays look unforgivable.
Hiroyuki Arakawa, a scuba diving pensioner has been visiting Yoriko (an Asian sheepshead wrasse, also known as a kobudai) for 30 years now.
Hiroyuki Arakawa has first seen Yoriko when he was assigned to tend to a submarine shrine honouring the Shinto religion, 56 feet down in an underwater park south of Tokyo.
Yoriko (kobudai) was unable to catch her own food so Hiroyuki started to feed the fish some crabs for 5 to 10 days. Since then, the pair has become inseparable.
Now, every time Hiroyuki dives down to the shrine (which is where Yoriko lives) he bangs a metal gong with a hammer to summon Yoriko to him.
With an oddly human looking face and a set of teeth that would make Ken Dodd jealous, the kobudai spends each visit swimming around its human friend, allowing him to pat and even kiss her.
“I’m proud of that and have an amazing sense of accomplishment in my heart.” Hiroyuki said.
Reported by: Francia Uyvico and Chloe Bual // F.K.U