Crabs with a samurai face
Heikeegani crabs inhabit the shores of Japan, the design on the shell of which is very similar to the face of an angry samurai. According to the popularization of science Carl Sagan, this species owes its appearance to unintentional artificial selection. Many generations of Japanese fishermen, catching Heakegangi crabs, sent them back to sea, as they considered them to be reincarnations of the samurai who died in battle. By this, the fishermen increased the chances of hakegaghans for reproduction and an increase in their number among other crabs.
In general, here it is a legend:
1185 Emperor Antoku, inspecting the Inland Sea that lay before him from his box, knew that his death and the death of his people were inevitably approaching from the east. For almost 50 years, there was a struggle for the throne between his clan Heike, the house of Taira, and the soldiers of Genji, the Miyamoto clan from the eastern provinces. There was no hope of survival. Antoku looked around - a thousand Heike fleet ships with samurai, ready to fight to the last. And from the east, Genji's ships were approaching. Three thousand ships of Genji.Antoku turned around - in front of him stood the priestess of the second order. She wrapped the imperial small body in her falling mantle. “Grandmother, where are you taking me?” The emperor asked the priestess to which she replied: “To another empire, under water ...”. And pushing the boy - the emperor, who was only 9 years old - to his chest, she disappeared overboard, carrying away the last hope of the house Tyra.
The ensuing massacre of the Heike samurai was short and brutal. No one survived — only a few women left victorious Genji as booty. Clan Heike ceased to exist.
Fishermen say that samurai Heike still roam on the seabed, turning into crabs. Sometimes crabs are caught here, on the back of which there are strange relief markings resembling the face of a samurai. Such crabs are not eaten, but released into the sea.
Centuries passed, generations of crabs and fishermen alternated, more and more crabs survived, whose shell pattern resembled the face of a samurai. Gradually, the picture began to resemble not just a human face and not even just a Japanese face, but the face of an angry warrior. In the end, these "samurai" crabs divorced a lot.