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« on: April 21, 2010, 06:11:30 PM »

I didn't check to see if this had already been posted but thought I'd pass this on as a friend just sent it to me.  Check out the 2nd picture.  I think our limit would be 1/wk if Blues were this big.

 The Coconut Crab

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How would you like to find this on the side of your trash can!!!!!!! (Or anywhere!!!!)

Our friends in Australia sent us a picture of a Coconut Crab. This is pretty interesting.....

Coconut Crab (Birgus latro) is the largest terrestrial arthropod in the world. It is known for its ability to crack coconuts with its strong pincers in order to eat the contents.

It is sometimes called the robber crab because some coconut crabs are rumored to steal shiny items such as pots and silverware from houses and tents the second photo gives you a good idea of how large these crabs are - a coconut crab is seeking food from a black trashcan.










COCONUT CRABS

 

The coconut crab is a large edible land crab related to the hermit crab, and is found in the tropical Indian and Pacific Oceans ... They eat coconuts for a living! How would you like to be on an island and come across a crab that is more than 3 feet from head to tail and weighs up to 40 pounds, with a pair of large pincers strong enough to open coconuts! They can climb trees too, but they only eat coconuts that have already fallen to the ground. Coconut crab meat has been considered a local delicacy.

 

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« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2010, 06:13:06 PM »

I see the pics didn't copy when I used copy function.  I'll work on it.   Any suggestions?
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« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2010, 06:35:34 PM »

Use the "Attach" box at the bottom of the posting page. Files must be no larger than 128k
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« Reply #3 on: April 22, 2010, 07:51:49 AM »

Thanks Senile.  I fiddled around with it for a while last night but still couldn't get it.   Anyways one heck of a big crab.  I can forward the regular email if anyone is really interested.

On a side note the text (from email) says they don't climb trees, however my son's crab book that he just happened to get from the library says they do in fact climb trees to get coconuts.
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« Reply #4 on: April 22, 2010, 08:53:17 AM »

Johnnie Knoxville from Jackass Show let a coconut crab clamp down on his bare rearend. I saw it with my son. Might be on You tube. Those things are huge. And he was hurting. Didn't draw blood. But the welt he had was huge and he screamed like [Sam Hill]. Worth watching.
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« Reply #5 on: April 22, 2010, 09:03:33 AM »

That's a visual I don't need to see thank you. laugh
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« Reply #6 on: April 22, 2010, 10:59:54 AM »

locals used to catch coconut crabs and eat them

they live on land and a favorite trick, once you catch one was to let them snap pencils with their claws. very impressive  Wink Grin
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« Reply #7 on: April 22, 2010, 05:31:37 PM »

Here ya go:

http://www.bluecrab.info/forum/index.php/topic,23497.0.html
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« Reply #8 on: April 23, 2010, 11:56:25 AM »

Thanks Senile - The pic of the crab on the trashcan was the one I was trying to add.
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