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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP24 Nov 2016 1:07 p.m. PST

…crushing force is almost the strongest of all land animals.

"The coconut crab (Birgus latro) really means business. A type of hermit crab, this huge fellow that can grow up to one meter (3 ft.) across has the strongest pinch of all crustacean. In fact, out of all the land animals known to man, only the alligator has a stronger crushing force, found a group of researchers from Japan who placed sensors on the crab's claws.

Researchers collected 29 coconut crabs from the Okinawa Island, Japan, then proceeded to measure the crustaceans pinching prowess. The crabs varied greatly in size and mass, from juveniles less than a pound to five pound big daddies. When Charles Darwin first saw these crabs in the Cocos (Keeling Islands) in the Indian Ocean during his voyages on the Beagle, he described them as "monstrous sized."…"


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Personal logo Patrick R Supporting Member of TMP25 Nov 2016 4:39 a.m. PST

If you ever catch me coming within ten metres of one, just shoot me, I most likely suffered so much brain damage that I don't respond to my major fear triggers and I'm dead meat anyway.

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian25 Nov 2016 6:44 a.m. PST

But how do they taste?

goragrad25 Nov 2016 2:08 p.m. PST

Don't know how they taste, but in 'With the Old Breed' the author and his fellow Marines hated them.

Smaller crabs would get everywhere in their camp and the Marines did their best to exterminate them…

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