Not only can that monstrous crab eat birds; it can crack coconuts open with its claws.
That's why it's called the "coconut" crab.
I wonder if it's ever attacked human beings -- you know, like people napping at the beach.
Nature never ceases to amaze me.
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Has anyone seen the whole video?
To clarify/calm down my paranoid mind of a staged crab attack to a bird whose wing was broken earlier possibly by humans and so that we have full proof beyond social media cuts. ?
ps: red footed boobies don't seem to avoid those islands: https://www.livingoceansfoundation.org/seabirds-chagos-islan...
That video looked like something straight out of a low budget horror film, poor bird.
As creepy as it may be, coconut crabs "hunting" in this manner--let alone being caught on film--is truly rare. I grew up hunting them with my brother as a kid, crawling along cliffs where they can often be found hiding, and in the jungle near beaches. They truly are an exotic delicacy (fruit bat and sea turtle are the only other things I've tried that come close on the exotic scale, the former being prepared in a similar manner)...which also means they don't live long lives outside of wildlife reserves due to being overhunted by indigenous peoples.
So what was the outcome of the follow-up study?
Also, pelicans will eat whole pigeons if given the chance.
I find spiders quite freaky, yet I find crabs quite endearing. This strikes me as very odd.
ps. Ive been actively trying to overcome my aversion to spiders by handling them when I put them out. Starting with very tiny ones and working my way up.
Genji 2 is an action game which is based on Japanese history. The um, stages of the game will also be based on famous battles which took- actually took place in ancient Japan.
So here's this giant enemy crab.
Pretty amazing that the crab is smart enough to go for the wings first.
Like a headcrab from Half-Life :)
I saw this posted on Reddit and Facebook a while back and I can't really stand this whole "NOPE NOPE NOPE" culture we have where everything is judged by how icky it is.
And the top comments fight over who has the least tolerance for it.
I think it's a symptom of the broader topic of anti-intellectualism in our culture where reactions are more important than intrigue and exploration.
A video of a crab eating a bird might seem like a weird tipping point to have this moment but it's a video that I happened to see in four different places where the top comments were all the same mix of "well I'm never going near crabs again lol" and "nuke it from orbit lol" and "wish I hadn't seen this lol" and "I'll be sure to do my part to eat more crabs lol."
Well I guess this is the end.
In other news, chicken are being forced a grain diet seems cruel.
That creature is kinda cute in its own grim way.