Friday, 5 February 2016

# Bizarre # Mark Pierrot

Holy Crab! Stunning Holiday Photo Shows Tourist Holding a Monstrous Crab That Can Crack a coconut with its Powerful Claws

A fearless tourist(Mark Pierrot)  has returned home with the holiday snap of a lifetime after he encountered a giant crab on a tropical island in the Indian Ocean.

He was bold enough to pick up the massive coconut crab and hold it for the camera as he visited the jungle on Christmas Island.

With terrifying claws that are powerful enough to crack coconuts, the alien-like crustacean is the largest land-living arthropod in the world, weighing up to 9lbs and measuring up to 3ft in length.

The monstrous crabs can climb trees but will drown in water, and are also known as robber crabs or palm thieves because they will get their claws on anything.

Linda Cash, Christmas Island marketing manager, told AAP: ‘The reason they’re called robber crabs is because they steal everything.

‘If you leave something lying around, you can be pretty sure that a robber crab will take it away.’

She said the crabs have been known to steal shovels, drills and food, and there is an urban myth that one stole a rifle from a soldier who was stationed on the island decades ago.

- Dailymail Uk

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