The popular thread attracted the attention of many readers from outside the 2channel Community and the November 2007 issue of MU magazine, a Japanese publication devoted to the study of paranormal phenomena, which featured an article about the "Antarctic Humans". The article 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. 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.
Ningen sightings seem to occur most frequently at night, making them all the more difficult to photograph. In still images, the sea cryptids mostly just look like ice, though it is said that their smooth, human-like skin can be seen when the photographs are enlarged. In any case, no convincing photographs have been made public either because they 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.
While there's nothing to prove that Ningen is a hoax, most of the photo evidence is either hoaxed or artistic interpretations.
- Misidentified whales, sharks, and squids.
- A new species of giant manta ray
- An aquatic sloth, perhaps an evolutionary descendant of Thalassocnus.
- A misidentified Iceberg
- An undiscovered subspecies of beluga
- An evolutionary relative of humans. However, this is unlikely due to their size. Although, their size could've been changed through evolution.
- A species of aquatic or semi-aquatic animal, likely descendant/evolved from the large sized carnivore animals such as leopars seals or killer whales, that is evolved into a more noticable humanoid shape due to convergent evolution.
- A species of heavily evolved/altered prehistoric animal; that is somehow adapted into the severe conditions of the sea and the frost/snow desert known as antartica in millions of years, perhaps a heavily evolved animal from the well-known/suitable at the time/ late jurassic/very early cretaceous antartica; such as a more gigantic & semi-aquatic descendant of the antartican theropod Cryolophosaurus or an extremely large descendant of one of the Last known giant carnivore amphibians known as Koolasuchus.