Experts knew that giant coconut crabs ate meat, but previously thought they were scavengers
The crabs may also eat live animals that are too slow to escape, as for example freshly hatched sea turtles.
During a tagging experiment, one coconut crab was observed catching and eating a Polynesian Rat (Rattus exulans).
2008QuoteDuring a tagging experiment, one coconut crab was observed catching and eating a Polynesian Rat (Rattus exulans).http://cryptomundo.com/cryptozoo-news/coconut-crabs/So is it bad reporting? Or are the scientists mentioned in the "story" really that ignorant of the crab?(I say it's both)
Although a Coconuts Crabs main diet consists of coconuts and fleshy fruit they have been known to eat smaller crabs and have even been witnessed eating rats and small rodents. It has also been suggested that Coconut Crabs will sometimes eat carrion.