For the past couple of decades, rumors have circulated around the world about the existence of gigantic humanoids, strange forms of life that inhabit the icy waters of Antarctica.
In this article, we take a look at the enigma that surrounds this alleged giant, pale humanoids.
According to witnesses, there are creatures which are referred to as Ningen (人間, ‘human’ in Japanese) who have a human-like shape, often with legs, arms, and even five-fingered hands.
Sometimes they are described with fins or a large tail like that of mermaids. The only visible facial features are the creature’s eyes and mouth—various descriptions seem to vary among all who claim to have ‘encountered the mysterious beings.’
However, while there are many descriptions that try to depict the Ningen as clearly as possible, most witnesses seem to agree on the size of the Ningen.
According to reports, these supermassive white-colored humanoid beings grow up to 30 meters.
So, big deal… Maybe it’s a giant fish?
Well, according to several reports—and countless videos which have been posted online—these mystery beings are unlike anything we’ve encountered before.
Reports from one sighting explains how crew members of a vessel traveling near Antarctica observed what was initially thought to be a submarine in the distance. However, when they approached the unidentified submerged object, it was clear by the irregular shape of the object that it was not a submarine, but a living creature. When the vessel approached the creature, it quickly disappeared into the depths near the Antarctic continent.
However, Ningen have also been spotted in the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, giving rise to theories which suggest they are mostly nocturnal creatures and survive in cold arctic waters. Most of the alleged sightings occurred at night, making the mystery beings extremely difficult to document or capture on video.
So what on Earth are these creatures?
For the most part, the existence of the Ningen is considered a massive modern “urban legend”. Much of the information about the Ningen goes back to a series of posts in the online community “2channel”, where an individual described seeing the giant humanoid creature, while serving on a “government whale research vessel,” when one of the alleged beings rose up to the surface and approached the vessel from the depths.
Soon the popular topic attracted the attention of many readers from outside these forums and the Ningen became popular among paranormal researchers.
There are several theories including an albino whale, an unknown species of giant aquatic non-human ape, it could also be a new species of giant manta ray, an aquatic sloth, some even argue how it could be an unknown alien species, and well… a Demon or Monster. Take your pick?