Japan may be known as the land of cute things, but beneath the surface lies the horrifying truth… Japan is home to some of the scariest animals on the planet. And that's why today I tell you the 5 most terrifying animals in Japan.
Goblin Sharks (Goblin Shark)
Say hello to our goblin shark, known in Japanese as mitsukurizame or tenguzame The word tengu refers to a mythical creature with a long nose. These sharks can also be found outside of Japan. However, their highest capture rate is found in Japan even though most of these encounters are accidental. They live in the depths of the ocean at a depth of 1,200 meters and can have a size of approximately 6.2 meters and can weigh up to 210 kg.
Of course, he is no bigger than the great white shark (11-meters), but the intimidation factor here is something else. Just look at the jagged teeth that remind us of barbed wire and the nose that reminds us of a Serra and also the eyes like a mad being. These guys are literally “living fossils”, the last members of an ancient lineage dating back 125 million years that still retain the same “primitive” characteristics.
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Spider Crabs (Santola)
Known as takaahashi gani in Japanese, literally “Spider Crab”, these beings are the largest arthropods on Earth. With legs one meter long, the result is a leg span of over 3.8 meters. The reason these guys are only at number five is because they are as amazing as they look DOCEL despite their monstrous appearance.
They prefer to cluster on the ocean floor, covering themselves with sponges and other marine animals, consuming basically everything they can find. Yet I personally wouldn't want to come face-to-face with such a being. These guys are found on the south coast of Honshu, the main Japanese island, so I recommend staying out of the ocean there. If you still want the chance to meet our “little friend” in person, you can do so by going to the Osaka Aquarium.
Coconuts Crabs (Coconut Crab)
Coconut crabs (known in Japanese as yashigani.) may have a silly name, but not when you know the meaning behind it. They are so named because their claws are strong enough to crack open a coconut. These things are not just the largest living arthropods, but the largest invertebrates as well. With a leg span of up to 0.9 meters and weighing up to 4 kg it's no wonder they have no natural predators other than humans and other coconut crabs.
Salamanders are usually not that bad, just a few that are a little slippery and climb up walls and eat pests. The problem arises, however, when the Salamander in question is 1.9 meters long. The Giant Salamanders of Japan and China are the largest amphibians in the world. They usually spend time in northern Kyushu rivers and western Honshu (another reason not to go into the water.), combining with the rocks and mud so they can catch and eat basically everything that comes along, like: insects, fish, mice, crabs. They also cover their skin with mucus, which acts as a thin shield against scratches and parasites. Its first act of self-defense occurs by producing a sticky milky secretion. Making it not only one of the creepiest things we can see, but one of the grossest things as well.