Coconut crabs are petrifying tree-climbing animals with claws that are powerful enough to rip a coconut apart, and they are suspected of having devoured Amelia Earhart, an American aviation pioneer, and author.
She was also the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.
Charles Darwin once described the coconut crabs as “monstrous” creatures when he first saw one for himself.
A fully grown coconut crab weighs eight to nine pounds, and stretches three feet long, and is capable of carrying objects more than six times its own weight.
In the 18th century, there were widespread myths and stories about what these coconut crabs could do.
It was rumored that they could climb trees and dangle from them for hours, holding on by nothing more than a single pincer-like some massive overgrown spider.
Their claws were speculated to be so strong that they could break through a coconut and tear a human being apart, limb by limb.
These stories were too horrifying for Charles Darwin to believe.
Until he saw one for himself, he thought most of what he’d heard were exaggerations.
Researchers have since established that every story about what these horrifying creatures can do is more or less factual.
A Coconut Crab’s Claws Are As Powerful As A Lion’s Jaw
Beyond their spooky looks, the coconut crab’s pincers are some of the most dangerous and most powerful weapons in the animal kingdom.
When these claws clamp down on your leg, it will grip you with as much power as a bite from a lion’s jaw.
Coconut Crabs seldom attack humans with their claws, and as their name suggests, their primary source of food is coconut. They can tear a coconut apart with just their claws with unrivaled strength.
Although coconut crabs don’t use their claws on humans, they can do some terrifying things with those powerful claws.
They can tear apart live pigs, hunt and kill birds, and even feast on the remains of other coconut crabs.