Cryptid Profile: Ningen
There are many creatures suited only for the cold waters of Antarctica, you will not find these animals anywhere else. A short list of those animals includes the Icefish, Scale Worm, Sea Spider, Pareledone genus of octopuses, and the Basket Star. But one creature has been reported to inhabit the icy waters of this frozen landscape as well, a creature nearly 90ft long and looking frighten humanoid. This monster is known as the Ningen.
The Ningen is described as being pale white, humanoid in body shape, with (possibly fin like) appendages that resemble arms and legs. It’s skin is closely like that of a whale, smooth and blubbery. Reports list the creature as having two huge eyes on the underside of the head and a large slit like mouth. No other facial features are present. It is also noted that the creatures appear to be nocturnal, and show the most activity at night where the come to the surface, possibly to feed or even breath.
Reports of the Ningen first made waves in the 1990’s when Japanese fisherman claimed to have spotted the creature when it surfaced alongside their boat in the frigid waters of the pacific under a calm, moonlit sky. Upon first glance of the large white object, the crew thought they were witnessing the surfacing of a submarine, but quickly realized the object was a living thing. The fishermen were amazed at the size of the unknown creature and watched it glide effortlessly and silently along the surface of the ocean before sliding back into the cold darkness.
After the first reported sighting, other fishing vessels in the southern pacific ocean around the arctic have also reported seeing these humongous creatures. The description is always the same, large pale white body, two large eyes above a slit mouth, and limb like appendages. Size varies from anywhere between 20 to 90ft (10ft shorter than a blue whale).
Immediately after sightings began being reported, speculation that the Ningen was a hoax began to immerge. Digitally fabricated photos began to flood the internet as well as unreliable eye witness reports. But it must be taken into consideration that tales of large and monstrous sea creatures were often thought of as false until proof proved otherwise. Reports of the Kraken were pushed aside as fishermen’s tales until the discovery of the giant squid proved that the stories were grounded in reality.
Many people have speculated that the Ningen is just a result of mistaken identification of a known animal. Some researchers point out that fishermen have been seeing a large, yet currently unknown subspecies of albino ray or skate. The albinism could be an evolutionary trait that acts as camouflage amongst the floating ice of the arctic. Others claim that the witnesses are just misidentifying already known whale species such as belugas or bowhead whales. But just like all unknown animal reports, a definitive yes or no answer cannot be given on the existence of such creatures until either a body has been found that proves 100% without a doubt that this animal is real, or full scientific research and expeditions into the existence of the creature has repeatedly turned up zero evidence proving the creature does not exist.
-The Pine Barrens Institute
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