The existence of giant crabs has baffled scientists for entire years. If they truly exist, where do they live? What do they eat? Some people might be aware of that theory according to which Amelia Earhart, the famous aviation pioneer, was actually killed by giant crabs. They dismembered her and carried away her bones, some of which ended up underground. It might sound crazy and horrifying, but every story about those coconut crabs sounds the same.
Various stories from people who have encountered those beasts tell us that they can grow as big as dogs. Moreover, those crabs can supposedly climb tall trees and destroy solid materials because their claws are as strong as the jaws of a lion. Now, after so many years of speculation, a video surfaced that might prove the existence of those crabs once and for all.
The mysterious giant coconut crabs
Once, the father of evolutionary biology, Charles Darwin, wrote that many would believe it impossible for a crab to open a cocoa nut. He was also aware of some frightening stories of those beasts roaming an island in the Indian Ocean. However, he knew that the crabs were actually very able to destroy strong cocoa nuts. However, he never believed that those beasts were also capable of climbing tall trees.
Still, over the following years, coconut crabs have been photographed in trees and even hanging from the branches like enormous spiders. A team of researchers even conducted an experiment. They once left those crabs a small pig carcass and watched what happened. It didn’t take long for the crabs to completely tear apart the carcass.
It’s interesting that there have been a few studies since Darwin took his famous Beagle voyage. However, none have completely understood this bizarre creature’s behavior. A Dartmouth College biologist, Mark Laidre, observed the crabs and even documented one of their attacks on video. The victim was a red-footed booby.
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