Our favorite sea monsters – Ningen (#4)

Sitting squarely in the middle of our favorite sea monsters is a new entrant in the world of cryptic sea monsters, the Ningen. The Ningen is a recent sea monster reported by Japanese fishermen working in the Antarctic. Allegedly, Ningens are up to 30 meters long, have a human like body, and a tail. Reports of what they look like seem to vary quite a bit, but the one consistent bit is that they have a human face and other human features.

an artists interpretation of the Ningen

Despite their impressive size, there are very few actual reports of Ningen, and none that I can find before 2007. Of course, most of the websites are in Japanese, so if any of our Japanese readers have more insight into the Ningen, I’d love to hear it. This creature may be a modern variation of the mermaid myth, or perhaps people are mistaking the undersides of large rays for a human face.

More likely is that the Ningen is a case of pareidolia, the perception of recognizable shapes in a random pattern. Of the thousands of large icebergs floating around the Southern Ocean, a few of them are probably vaguely human shaped.

The novelty and the sheer number of interpretations of the Ningen has earned this beastie a place among our favorite Sea Monsters.

~Southern Fried Scientist


  1. Anonymus Asshole · October 18, 2010

    Ningen is not real the reports are as fake as UFO sightings. YOU SUCK MY DICK

    • Southern Fried Scientist · October 18, 2010

      Basic reading comprehension eludes you, eh?

    • WhySharksMatter · October 18, 2010

      Wait, is this guy upset that you claimed that Ningen wasn’t real? Or is upset because he thinks you claimed that Ningen is real? I’m confused.

    • Southern Fried Scientist · October 18, 2010

      I think he’s upset that he can’t spell Anonymous or use a comma.

  2. trinity · October 25, 2010

    the beast that was brought
    to life by waves on ice is
    not, nor ever was.

    comment modified as per Rule 5a.

  3. Bearfood · November 4, 2010

    The Ningen! Outstanding! Just what the world needed – a new sea monster! As my spell check didn’t recognize the Ningen, I just added it as a new word that was spelled correctly. Even that is novel – a novel Ningen, as it were (is) …

    Ok – so my attempt at humor needs something … like humor … :O)

    In any case, thank you for enlightening me, and the rest of the world community, as to this new beast we need (not) worry about when we prowl the surface of Earth’s last great unknown.

    You have a great web site, and I truly appreciate your insights into both the real and imagined world around us.

    And thanks again for all your efforts in enlightening the human community – by helping us to understand our fellow Earth beings. We Humans have a tendency to forget that our ignorance requires interpreters such as yourselves in order for the rest of us to truly appreciate our fellow inhabitants of this planet. I for one applaud your efforts!

  4. Secret · November 15, 2010

    those scare the shit outa me

  5. trinity · November 25, 2010

    i like that that is i wich i saw it

  6. KS · April 10, 2011

    ningen is japanese for human

  7. hello · June 4, 2011

    The ningen. Sirens exists I knew it; wait… ningen with no breast? im not interested now.

  8. CrazyAboutMythicalCreatures · October 17, 2011

    This is truly amazing.
    I can’t wait to find out about
    more unknown creatures out there in the sea!

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