coconut crab

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coconut crab:

see hermit crabhermit crab,
a crustacean distinguished from true crabs by its long, soft, spirally coiled abdomen terminating in an asymmetrically hooked tail. Most hermit crabs protect this vulnerable portion of their bodies by occupying the empty shells of periwinkles, whelks, and other
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Coconut crabs live on islands throughout the Pacific Ocean.
Biologist Shin-ichiro Oka had observed wild coconut crabs near his lab in Okinawa, Japan.
It seems no aquarium can hold this coconut crab, which has claws like bolt-cutters.
Coconut crabs climb palm trees to get coconuts to eat.
Coconut crabs can crack open coconuts with the power of their claws.
Since Earhart went missing, several theories have made the rounds, with the latest one blaming coconut crabs for eating the pilot's remains after her plane crash-landed on Nikumaroro, or Gardner Island.
Harry Jaminola also exposed us to the very succulent coconut crabs from Pola, Mindoro Oriental.
One moment you're dining with the islanders: "When a feast is planned, pulaka pits are raided, coconut crabs are hauled from their burrows, birds are lured down from the sky, and local pigs are doomed.
The five-tank Claws exhibit features Japanese spider crabs, which can grow to 15 feet across, and coconut crabs, named for their ability to crack open coconuts with the power of their claws.
Five more coconut crabs came to the site within 20 minutes, likely cueing in on the blood with their neurologically acute olfactory sense.
Along with being incredibly strong, coconut crabs can also use their claws to pinch with greater force than exerted by the punches of amateur boxers, or the bite of almost all land-living animals.