Scuba diver Hiroyuki Arakawa plants one on his pal Yoriko (Image: Great Big Story /Youtube)
You may have some strange friends but they've got nothing on this pair. At 79, Hiroyuki Arakawa certainly makes our tardiness in texting our mates back or forgetting their birthdays look fairly unforgivable.
More than 30 years, that’s how long the scuba diving pensioner has been vising Yoriko, an Asian sheepshead wrasse, also known as a kobudai.
Hiroyuki first encountered Yoriko when he was entrusted to tend to a submarine shrine honouring the Shinto religion, 56 feet down in an underwater park south of Tokyo.
Exhausted and unable to catch her own food, Hiroyuki began feeding her crabs to buck her up a bit - five a day for about 10 days.
Since then the pair have become inseparable.
Now, each time Hiroyuki dives down to the shrine (which is where Yoriko lives, so not next door so he can just pop round - this is all about making a proper effort to stay in touch you know) he bangs a metal gong with a hammer to summon her 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 her human pal, allowing him to pat and even kiss her. With lips.
“I guess she knows I saved her when she was badly injured,” smiles Hiroyuki.
“I’m proud of that and have an amazing sense of accomplishment in my heart.”
Now, if you’ll excuse us, we’re going to go through our address book and call a few mates we’ve not spoken to in a while, tell them we love them and all that.
That’s once we’ve got this piece of grit out of our eye and all on the Dave Desk have suddenly gone vegetarian.