Video: Diver’s 25-year friendship with sheepshead wrasse

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Video: Diver’s 25-year friendship with sheepshead wrasse

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For a quarter of a century, scuba diver Hiroyuki Arakawa has been visiting an Asian sheepshead wrasse, Semicossyphus reticulatus, — who he calls Yoriko — in the waters of Hasama Underwater Park in Tateyama, Japan. The friendship developed when he nursed her back to health after finding her injured many years ago, something she seems never to have forgotten. One of the largest wrasses, the Asian sheepshead wrasse can reach a metre in length.

Watch Hiroyuki Arakawa and Yoriko's story in the video below...