Saturday, July 26, 2014

The kappa and the giant salamander

From the Kamogawa River of Japan. Giant Salamander of Japan not the Largest in the World

"These giant salamanders are rarely seen because they seldom come out from their aquatic habitats in cool, well-oxygenated mountain streams. They can't see too well too but have special photosensitive cells in the skin that give them pretty good perception. 
 Some people say that these animals inspired tales of the legendary kappa in Japan."

The Japanese characters for kappa are 河童 , in case you're interested.