One of the most fulfilling parts of life is meeting new friends. Friendships between animals and humans can also form over time, as well. Just because we encounter a different species doesn’t mean they’re incapable of reciprocating the love and affection we show them. Some of these inter-species friendships, however, may surprise us more than others.
Valerie Taylor, a famed Australian diver and ocean conservationist, had been diving near Banda Island, Indonesia, for years. One day, she came across a spotted moray eel on such a dive. At first, the eel hid away in the reef, but over the course of a few years and dozens of dives, something incredible happened between the two. Take a look! [Credit: Central Florida Aquarium Society]