A new video has surfaced to prove wrong your old convictions about crabs. If you regarded them as peaceful and harmless creatures, think again, as a footage captured on the Island of Chagos, far away in the Indian Ocean, show a coconut crab ferociously killing and then feasting upon a seabird. These images bring a great contribution to our understanding of these creatures and their way of life.
The coconut crab is indeed an impressive species, measuring about three feet from one leg to the other, and weighing up to nine pounds. Therefore, it already looks quite threatening, so the fact that it’s quite a skilled killer should come as no surprise.
The coconut crab can easily kill a bird
This video shows the coconut crab grabbing a type of seabird from its nest, and cracking its wings. The seabird in question is a red-footed booby, and the task of dealing with its wings shouldn’t be so difficult for the crab.
Its name suggests that it can easily break a coconut shell, so attacking a bird shouldn’t be problematic. Moreover, this particular species of booby is the smallest of all. The specimens usually don’t exceed 30 inches in size, and weigh a maximum of 39 ounces.
The creature is so ferocious that it would eat anything
After the coconut crab broke the bird’s wings, it immediately fell to the ground. Afterwards, the crab climbed down from the tree, and finished the job. The video ends here, but the researcher who filmed everything, Mark Laidre from Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, said that several other crabs joined the feast.
The main diet of the coconut crab consists of, as you might have assumed, coconuts. This makes them incredibly powerful and ferocious, and would definitely not refuse any other prey. They often capture seabirds, but they can be so cruel as to feed on kittens or even other crabs of the same species. Some researchers even say they would feast on a dead human if they found one.
Therefore, these creatures are not something to mess with. Researchers want to continue studying the creature by installing many other cameras, while watching the creatures from a safe distance.
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