Video: Really Freaking Massive Giant Salamanders Making a Comeback!

Posted by Tony on May 29th, 2012

Across North America various species of adorable little salamanders get ‘oohs’ and ‘awwws’ get talked to like babies.

In Japan, home of fun little critters like Godzilla, things are a little different.

For a while the giant salamander population has been in a severe decline due to dams being built in their spawning path. That’s all changing as a new’ environmentally-minded generation has taken to protecting the species.

While North America does have a ‘giant’ salamander species known as the ‘hellbender’, its ‘giant’ status is misleading. At 9 inches, the North American salamander is laughable compared to its Asian cousins which can reach five feet in length and weigh in at around 80 lbs!

  • busterggi

    Even I change more frequently than every twenty million years.

  • http://twitter.com/DragonkinSverd Steven Sword

    I will never stop being amazed by the things that exist in Japan. 

  • mxyzptlk

    “River Monsters” Jeremy Wade nabbed one of these out of a stream by hand — noodling for kappa.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khHA5rm5c5k