Valerie Taylor is an accomplished ocean researcher, as well as a cinematographer from Australia. One day while diving she decided to try to make a new friend. The moray eel from Indonesia wasn't so willing to warm up to the human friend in the beginning. Valerie was persistent as returned multiple times to where they met. Finally the eel showed Valerie some affection and the rest was history. After that they were the best of friends in the entire ocean, she feeds the eel, and even rubs its belly from time to time.