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Giant Coconut crabs are also predators!
Holy shitballs. Pretty gruesome video footage.   :eek:

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/shock-large-bird-hunted-killed-11500842

It's been known that they scavenge, but until now, we didn't think they were actually predatory. Maybe a sleeping booby looks like just a still piece of meat? 

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Holy cow.  Those are already kinda terrifyingly big.  I don't really like it so much when dinner can eat me back...

It's particularly terrifying when you realize that the crab purposefully disabled the bird by breaking both its wings before starting in on dinner...   :staregonk:
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It's done this before.

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Experts knew that giant coconut crabs ate meat, but previously thought they were scavengers
Really?  Like so many "expert opinions" (which turn out to be wrong), scientists are "shocked" and "baffled" when somebody simply actually videos a crabs behavior.  (something the experts never did)

Of course in 2004 one could have read the Wikipedia article on the crab and learned
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The crabs may also eat live animals that are too slow to escape, as for example freshly hatched sea turtles.
https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Coconut_crab&oldid=4599274#Diet

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Back in the 60s an author that spent time in the south Pacific learned the hard way why the locals slept in hammocks, never on the ground.  A coconut crab took a piece out him while he slept.

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2008
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During 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)
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newly seen behaviour of active hunting + gruesome video (no way am I going to watch it) = news story

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During 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)


It may be a combination of one scientist trying to big up his 'discovery' and dumb journalists with their usual anti science slant

http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/journals/10.1163/156854005774353485

https://www.itsnature.org/sea/coconut-crab/

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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.
  • Last Edit: November 10, 2017, 11:44:38 PM by Monad