The ningen is a large aquatic cryptid reported to live in the frigid waters near Antarctica. It appears to be a halfway mix between a whale and a human being.


Said to be between 60 and 90 feet in length, the Ningen has been described as being a humongous, “blubbery, whale-like creature,” whose smooth, pale form vaguely resembles the head, torso and appendages of a human being. That having been noted, there are some eyewitnesses who have testified that it has a mermaid-like tail rather than two hind “legs” and others who insist that there are what resemble “hands” complete with five fingers at the ends of its tendril-like arms. Many observers have also reported that these animals have no distinct facial features save for two, huge eyes and a mouth-like slit.

Possible Explanations

Hypotheses include:

  • Unknown species of human-like whale
  • Misidentified albino whale
  • Submerged piece of ice
  • Hoax


Evidence includes:

  • Eyewitness testimony
  • Photographic evidence


  • The word "ningen" means "human" in Japanese.