Friendship come to every shape and color and this rather unusual band strange bond between a little boy and a giant sea creature proves this point. Joel, a little boy from a small village in the Canary Islands, wakes up everyday to go greet and spend time in the harbor with his enormous friend. This isn’t something that you’d ever imagined!
20. Joel’s Strange Friend
Little kids are known to form strong bonds with their pets, bonds that define them and play a vital role on their development as well as their mental health. The usual suspects are dogs, cats, bets and rabbits but Joel, has a really special and strange “pet”. This is not something you’d expect…
19. A Huge Sea Creature
Joel’s very special “pet” doesn’t live in Joel’s home with him but resides in the ocean. Joel lives in Valle Gran Rey, a peaceful Village in the Canary Islands. But his special friendship with this mysterious giant creature is extraordinary and a unraveled mystery for the locals.
18. A Giant Stingray
Joel’s best friend is a giant stingray! Though we don’t know exactly how the two of them met, it seems that had formed a very special and strong bond over the years. But how did all of this happen? How does Joel see his friend? Click next to find out!
17. Village’s Harbor
The village where Joel lives is known for its harbor where villagers spend the most of their working time fishing. They usually throw their bycatch into the harbor and among the fish, it usually attracts larger deep sea creatures.
16. Giant Stingray’s Home
It appears that during one of these times, the giant stingray, Joel’s best friend, was brought into the harbor and decided to make it its forever home. Soon it could meet Joel and develop a very strange morning routine.
15. Meeting Every Morning
Every morning, on his way to school, Joel walks next to the harbor where his giant friend waits for him. Joel walks while the giant stingray swims next to him. But when there is a chance, this happens!
14. He Says Hi
There are some specific spots in the harbor where Joel has the opportunity to touch and greet in his own special way his friend. Joel heads down into the water and greets his friend! This seems to happen everyday! But there is more!
13. The Stingray Greets Him Too
It’s obvious that the stingray is as excited as Joel when the two of them meet. The majestic giant creature gets out of the water and stays still allowing Joel to pet its nose!
12. It Trusts Him
The giant stingray knows that Joel would never harm it and the two of them spend a good part of their morning together without worries. As mentioned before this seemed to be an everyday happening. One day, this happened!
11. Someone Captured It
Joel’s friendship with this giant creature seemed to be a secret until the day that someone noticed the boy’s strange behavior around the harbor. Soon, one of the stingray’s and Joel’s meetings was captured on camera!
10. News Spread
News spread quickly around the village and soon everyone knew about Joel and his very special friend. It appears that the stingray and Joel became famous overnight! Soon more and more people gathered everyday to see for themselves.
9. Offered It Shrimp
Some fishermen decided to help Joel and offered him a box of fresh shrimp for Joel to feed the stingray. The stingray was ecstatic about it and soon this became a part of their meetings!
8. Feeding It
Joel would feed his giant friend until he’d be full and the stingray never refused the offer. Then he’d pet it for one more time and say his goodbyes.
7. Disappearing Into The Sea
Once the stingray is full from Joel’s attention as well as food, it says its goodbye and disappears into the sea once again. Joel then walks to continue his day, looking forward to meet his friend once again the next day.
6. Are Stingrays Dangerous?
But aren’t stingrays dangerous? After all they have a stinger and that’s why they got this name. It appears that stingrays aren’t aggressive and use their poisonous stinger only when they feel threatened.
5. Joel Means No Harm
That’s why Joel makes sure that his giant friend feels safe around him. He means no harm and the giant stingray realizes it. It wouldn’t let Joel pet him otherwise.
4. A Friendly Stingray
Giant stingrays don’t always behave like this nor they tend to live in such shallow waters. It appears that this stingray is an exception to the rule. It’s also extraordinarily friendly!
3. The Video Went Viral
Soon, the whole world knew about Joel and his giant sea friend. The man who captured this amazing moment on camera uploaded the video on the internet and as you’d expect, it soon went viral! People were amazed by how calm both Joel and the stingray are. A comment reads:
“My faith in humanity’s restored. These boys have good souls.”
2. Some Of The Comments
“This is really amazing. It’s also good to see that the boy knows to respect boundaries and doesn’t go too far (e.g. jumping in with the ray). The ray flapping back to the boy was so fantastic.”
“Sting rays are members of the shark family but they’re very friendly and playful in the water. I’ve dived with them and had great fun playing with them. They’re wonderful creatures.”
1. An Unusual Friendship
Joel’s friendship is without a doubt an unusual one and probably the only one of its kind. The two friends meet everyday up to this day and when Joel will become of age to drive a boat, they’ll be set for more adventures!