Diver Becomes Best Friends With a Smallmouth Bass From a Local Lake

We already know that pet fish can get quite attached to their owners. However, it appears that some wild fish are also quite fond of humans.

Back in 2021, Wisconsin-based diver Rex Colubra went for a dive at a local lake. There, he came across a smallmouth bass that looked quite friendly. The two ended up spending some time together, and the fish escorted Colubra all the way back to the shore.

After a couple of months, Colubra returned to the same spot in hopes to find the same smallmouth bass. And surprisingly, he did. Since then, the two have had dozens of dives together and became best friends.

Colubra also started documenting his adventures with the fish, now called Elvis, on TikTok. They amassed a huge following, with more than 175K users enjoying their content.

@elvisthesmallmouth

He gave me his best line ❤️ I’m Rex, and this is my good friend, Elvis the smallmouth bass. This same little fella has followed me on 12 separate dives in a huge lake over the course of 13 months (as of 11-20-2022). For those of you wondering, he’s been strangely fascinated by me before I started feeding him, that just sealed the deal. lol He literally follows me into shore to about 10-12” of water. He’s easily ID’d by his unique mouth disfigurement, which is a former fishing injury that ripped the connective tissues in his upper lip. My change of heart: I am THE quintessential “animal guy” and have always loved nature and the outdoors. Used to be a very avid fisherman that lived on the lake and went out almost daily. I went on a snorkeling trip and had the most amazing experience with tons of wild fish. Most of them coming right up to me and some letting me touch them. I was blown away by how intelligent and curious they were. As I was under waves, having this surreal experience, I was noticing that the majority of these fish had horribly disfigured faces. Ripped jaws, hanging lips, large black bruises and swollen mouths. My immediate dumb self response was “oh, there must be some horrible ‘lip disease’ affecting the fish in this lake.” Then I surfaced for air, saw the anglers and made the connection… oh… Since then, I traded my tackle box for goggles and haven’t been happier. I’m all for hunting and fishing for food, when done ethically, do it myself, but there’s no real justification for me to hurt these animals for my amusement anymore. It’s far more rewarding to swim with them. I’m all for personal freedom, and you’re free to choose what you want to do, but this is my choice. Don’t like it? Gfy 😊 elvelvisthesmallmouthvelvisthebassvelvisthefishsfishhichthyologyianimalsnfunnyanimalsnfunnynfunnyvideosnfunnyvideolhilariouspfyppfyppfypシdy comcomedyvideosivdivingefreedivingosnorkelinguscubauscubadivingvdivelifeklakesklakelifedunderwaterphotographydunderwatertnaturephotographytnaturephototnaturephotostnatureobiologyozoologyoilovefishovenature

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Nowadays, Colubra doesn’t even have to search for Elvis when he wants to hang. He just “calls” him, and the fish recognizes that his friend has arrived. Recently, Elvis needed just two minutes to reach his friend after Colubra called him.

Elvis is also a bit possessive, wanting his human friend all for him. Once another fish approach, he decides to chase them away.

You can learn more about this unusual friendship between Colubra and Elvis by visiting their TikTok profile or by watching more videos below.

@elvisthesmallmouth

Lets all grow together! If you share my posts or content, I will give you a follow (with the exception of immoral or vulgar content creators and accounts). Sometimes I don’t see all my notifications, but for every one that I see thst has shared a video or post, I will follow your TikTok account. Lets spread the message of animal consciousness and intelligence with Elvis! #elvisthesmallmouth #strangefriendships #funnyanimals #ichthyology #animallover #animalsoftiktok #wildlife #animalfriends #animalbehavior #fishfriend #fyp #sharethisshit

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