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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Above: Also known as robber crabs, coconut crabs can grow to more than a yard across and weigh up to 10 pounds.
Biologist Shin-ichiro Oka had observed wild coconut crabs near his lab in Okinawa, Japan.
To do that, he and his team studied 29 wild coconut crabs.
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.
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.
"All small bones have been removed by giant coconut crabs which have also damaged larger ones.
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." Next, you're scooping garfish from a speedboat at night: "...
"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.