|Habitat||Coastline of Japan|
|Behind the Scenes|
The bake-kujira, or ghost-whale, is the skeletal spirit of a dead whale.
It is said that the creature was from Shimane prefecture, in western Japan. It is supposedly humongous, and it is always accompanied by a host of strange birds and fish. In one story, a fisherman threw his harpoon at the bake-kujira to try to catch it, but the harpoon passed right through it, and the whale and its host just floated away into the night. Other legends say that the ghost-whale brings a powerful curse with it. "The curse of the whale", as it's creatively called, is said to bring disease, fires, and general misfortune to an area where the whale is spotted.