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A Kaiju, code name Leatherback, in a scene from the sci-fi adventure movie "Pacific Rim." | Warner Bros. Pictures
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Know Your Giant Monsters!

As the summer creature feature 'Pacific Rim,' hits theaters, we survey giant monsters in both film and natural history.

July 12, 2013
7:30 AM EDT
A Kaiju attacks Sydney Harbor in a scene from "Pacific Rim." | Warner Bros. Pictures
Godzilla terrifies the locals in a scene from the 1971 film "Godzilla vs. The Smog Monster." | Getty Images
Gamera, a nuclear turtle, causes delays at the airport. | Courtesy of Shout! Factory
Mothra the giant moth soars menacingly over Tokyo in a still from the 1961 Japanese film, directed by Ishiro Honda. | Getty Images
Monster takes city in a scene from the 1956 film "Rodan." | Getty Images
King Kong is poised above the New York skyline in a scene from the classic 1933 monster movie. | Getty Images
A Jaeger robot battles a Kaiju, code name Knifehead, in a scene from "Pacific Rim. | Warner Bros. Pictures