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Japanese diver and fish have been friends for 25 years! - video

The title sounds unbelievable to say the least, but as it turns out, life has once again written a script that is stranger than fiction. For here, a man has befriended a fish and what is more, this amazing relationship has lasted for a quarter of a century. As you can see, nothing is impossible
Published: August 4, 2019 - 20:21
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 18:29
Japanese diver and fish have been friends for 25 years! – video

The title sounds unbelievable to say the least, but as it turns out, life has once again written a script that is stranger than fiction. For here, a man has befriended a fish and what is more, this amazing relationship has lasted for a quarter of a century. As you can see, nothing is impossible for divers!

Hiroyuki Arakawa, a Japanese man, is responsible for overseeing the torii, one of the Shinto religion’s places of worship, which lies beneath the surface of Tateyama Bay. Over the decades of his duties, he has come to know the sea creatures that live around the temple, and most interestingly, he has befriended an Asian warbler named Yoriko.

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The story of their friendship was recorded, among others, on a film, which became a real hit of the Internet and spread around the world, making people watching it stunned. After all, it is not often that a fish greets a visiting diver with a kiss… However, as it turns out in the light of the latest research by a team from Oxford University, fish can recognise human faces!

“The researchers presented the fish with two pictures of human faces and taught them to point to the chosen ones by moving their fins. Interestingly, they decided to make the task more difficult for the fish and presented them with black and white photos with flattened shapes. However, in this case the fish had an even higher pointing accuracy of up to 86%!” – said Dr Cait Newport from Oxford University

Scientific evidence makes the bond between Hiroyuki and Yoriko not only more unusual, but also leads us to believe that this may not be an isolated incident.

Source: metro.co.uk
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Editor-in-chief of the DIVERS24 portal and magazine. Responsible for obtaining, translating and developing content. He also supervises all publications. Achived his first diving certification – P1 CMAS, in 2000. Has a degree in journalism and social communication. In the diving industry since 2008.
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