In 2014 a giant salamander emerged from the Kamo River in Japan. Landed appearances of the giant creature are considerably rare due to them making their home underwater and being only active at night. Japanese giant salamanders are the second-largest salamanders on Earth, surpassed only by the closely related Chinese giant salamander. They feed on insects, frogs, crabs, shrimp, and fish; but since the 1950s, their population has declined rapidly due to habitat destruction and overhunting.
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World Population Will Soar Higher Than Predicted [Graphic by Hana Ševčíková and Jen Christiansen for Scientific American; SOURCES: “World Population Stabilization Unlikely this Centruy” By Patrck Gerland et al., in Science Express. Published online September 18, 2014 (2014 projections); “The End of World Population Growth,” By Wolgang Lutz et al., in Nature, Vol. 412; August 2, 2001 (2001 projections)]