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HOKKAIDO, JAPAN — The clearest lake in the world is Lake Mashu, located in the northeastern part of Hokkaido, Japan. Known to the native people, the Ainu, as “Kamuytou” or “The Lake of the Gods, it’s a caldera lake, formed in the crater of a dormant volcano approximately 11,000 years ago. Lake Mashu is notable for having the clearest water in the world, which made it easy for a team of researchers to check out the bottom of the lake. The research team from Japan’s National Institute of Environmental Studies discovered strange animal track marks in the bottom of the lake. The trail resembles marks left by a tank. Or perhaps a crayfish? Since the 1970’s there have been reports of giant crayfish living in Lake Mashu. Some claim sightings of crayfish far exceeding the size of any known to be in Japan.