Written by


Ningen (人間, “Ningen”, meaning “human”) are a strange Japanese Cryptid that are believed to be Humanoid Life-Forms inhabiting the icy waters of the Antarctic. They are reported to be completely white in colour with an estimated length of twenty to thirty meters and have a human-like shape, often with legs, arms, and even five-fingered hands. Sometimes they are described as having fins or a large mermaid-like tail instead of legs, or even tentacles. The only visible facial features are its eyes and mouth.


Although some postulate that these creatures may be mistaken for other known sea creatures, such as a beluga whale, they have been observed on multiple occasions by crew members of government-operated “whale research” ships, who have documented their encounters. You would hope that such professionals would be able to easily identify any known species.

This video could be faked due to the lack of movement from the creature, although it could also be dead, or at least pretending to be, as many animals do, when feeling threatened. In this video, no other fish seems to be that interested in its presence which might indicate that it has either been there a while or simply doesn’t feed on these types of live fish.

To date, no solid evidence has been presented to confirm the existence of the Ningen. The government is believed to have kept detailed records of the sightings, but they have released no information to the public and have reportedly instructed eyewitnesses to remain silent. In a November 2007 issue of MU magazine, a Japanese publication devoted to the study of paranormal phenomena, featured an article about the “Antarctic Humans”. They speculated on the possibility of unidentified creatures inhabiting the southern seas, and it included a Google Earth screenshot showing what looks like a Ningen in the South Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Namibia.

Google Earth screen shot of possible Ningen sighting…

Although again, it’s very possible this could be anything, possibly just a light reflection similar to the one on the unidentified objects left.

As most sightings tend to occur at night making them almost impossible to photograph, no convincing photographic evidence has ever been made public. Either they simply do not exist or because, as some argue, the government does not want to invite undue scrutiny and tarnish the scientific reputation of the whale research program.

What is it?

What do you think it is? Are Ningen real? Comment below!

Article Name
What is a Ningen and where can they be found?
Publisher Name
Publisher Logo


Luke Gohegan

Hi there, thanks for reading my article. My name is Luke, I'm obsessed with the unknown and have a real passion for science. I am full of broken wisdom and unsuccessful ideas but I'll give you an interesting read! Please comment, share and like!


%d bloggers like this:

Send this to a friend