Giant Invasive Crab Caught Walking Down The Street In Hawaii

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Earlier this month, Holly Cantere looked up to see a 4.8-pound coconut crab walking down a busy street in her suburban Honolulu neighborhood.

“It just kept walking, like there was not a care in the world when it crossed the street,” she told KHON-2. “Everybody slowed down like it was a pedestrian.”

The largest terrestrial arthropods in the world, coconut crabs can grow as big as nine pounds and three feet wide, and they can live as long as 120 years. They’ve been known to shred trash cans, eat cats and tear up gardens. They’re so avaricious that one theory to explain Amelia Earhart’s demise says she didn’t drown, but crashed on the remote Nikumaroro atoll and was eaten by coconut crabs that then scattered her bones.

They got their name because while mere humans need a machete to tear into a coconut, the crab’s strong pincers can easily crack one.

Although they can be found on islands throughout the Pacific and Indian oceans, coconut crabs (or “robber crabs” because they scamper off with your stuff) aren’t found on the continental United States and are considered an invasive —> Read More Here


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