Given the time we spend with animals, we have already developed bonds and relationships with them. Like the bond we have with dogs, cats, horse and other commonly seen animals, but who would have thought that we can develop a bond with a fish in the sea? Well, you should go to Japan and meet this Japanese guy and his sea creature friend.
Hiroyuki Arakawa is a 79 years old Japanese scuba diver who started diving when he was 18 years old. He was also an overseer at Torii, one of the Shinto Religion’s Shrines, he always goes to Japan’s Tateyama Bay to dive and check on the shrines.
One day, when he was checking the shrine, he found Yoriko, an Asian sheepshead wrasse, which by that time is on the brink of death, he immediately took action and save the dying fish. He saves Yoriko by feeding her with five crabs, and he continues to feed her for ten days for her to regain its strength and live.
From that moment, Arakawa and Yoriko shared a strong bond together. Arakawa shared his and Yoriko’s story in Daily Mail Uk as he said, “I guess she knows that I saved her and that I helped her when she was badly injured. I think anyone can get an animal’s attention by feeding them.”
It has become Arakawa’s habit to visit and feed Yoriko and gives her a kiss on her forehead whenever he checks on the shrines. Every time he visits Yoriko, he would just ring the bell at the shrine and wait for his wrasse friend to come and shortly she does. Arakawa even removes his diving mask and regulator to give Yoriko a kiss and a stroke on its bulbous head.
The wrasse does not refuse from Arakawa’s kiss which made him think that maybe Yoriko has human-like features because she always recognizes him every time he visits her and ring that bell. Whether she has it or not, Arakawa is still grateful and feel the sense of accomplishment in his heart for helping and making friends with Yoriko, his sea creature friend.
It is important that we treat animals like how we treat humans because they are alive just as we are. It is a sweet story and much like a bedtime story but Arakawa stands as an inspiration to all of us who love animals.
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