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Shannon Council

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Check out what the crabs stole and the damage that they did; astonishing (for me at least.)

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https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-australia-51867525/christmas-island-a-giant-robber-crab-stole-my-camera

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Christian Stock

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Re: Interesting story on Coconut Crabs (misc. info re: Niku fauna.)
« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2020, 05:23:51 PM »

Her camera is probably on Saipan.
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Don White

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Re: Interesting story on Coconut Crabs (misc. info re: Niku fauna.)
« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2020, 06:35:44 PM »

Maybe they stole AE's camera too! :)

LTM,
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Shannon Council

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Re: Interesting story on Coconut Crabs (misc. info re: Niku fauna.)
« Reply #3 on: March 17, 2020, 02:15:46 AM »

They really are gorgeous. Gentle giants, however? Not sure about that.
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Eric Sussman

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Re: Interesting story on Coconut Crabs (misc. info re: Niku fauna.)
« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2020, 02:55:58 PM »

They are by far the best crabs I’ve ever eaten.  The locals and I used to capture them on the uninhabited barrier islands of Mili Atoll during my Peace Corps assignment.  Brought them back to our island and the women cooked them in their underground oven with breadfruit.  Yummy!
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Shannon Council

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Re: Interesting story on Coconut Crabs (misc. info re: Niku fauna.)
« Reply #5 on: March 18, 2020, 01:59:53 AM »

Eric: Aren't these crabs legally protected in some way now-a-days?
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Eric Sussman

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Re: Interesting story on Coconut Crabs (misc. info re: Niku fauna.)
« Reply #6 on: March 23, 2020, 01:47:56 PM »

Shannon,

They might be but I am unaware of the restriction.  Anyway, my experience dates to 1968-70.

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Ric Gillespie

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Re: Interesting story on Coconut Crabs (misc. info re: Niku fauna.)
« Reply #7 on: March 28, 2020, 09:38:20 AM »

We used to eat them too, before they were declared endangered.  The restriction is routinely ignored by Pacific islanders.
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Gloria Walker Burger

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Re: Interesting story on Coconut Crabs (misc. info re: Niku fauna.)
« Reply #8 on: April 15, 2020, 08:38:25 PM »

In the article they said the crabs are not scary at all. I read once on this website that they bother sleepers. Would they have bothered Amelia sleeping?
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Ric Gillespie

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Re: Interesting story on Coconut Crabs (misc. info re: Niku fauna.)
« Reply #9 on: April 16, 2020, 07:34:39 AM »

Would they have bothered Amelia sleeping?

I don't think so.  They're very shy.  The little Strawberry Hermits are a different story.  If you stop moving they assume you're lunch.

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Re: Interesting story on Coconut Crabs (misc. info re: Niku fauna.)
« Reply #10 on: April 17, 2020, 02:58:51 PM »

Ric

If memory serves, both Kar Burns and John Clauss got pinched on the scalp by Coco crabs while sleeping. 

Maybe just my memory, but like the strawberry hermit crabs, I don't think they wait for you to die before seeing if you are edible and willing to fight back.

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