How to open coconut with bare hands for coconut crab?

When walking on the island, you can look up when you meet a coconut tree. If you are lucky, you can see a coconut crab lying on the branch with ease. Tree climbing is just a routine operation for the coconut crab, which is one of its survival skills.

  Drinking coconut juice while basking in the sun on the beach is an island vacation scene many people dream of. But coconuts grow on tall coconut trees, making it extremely difficult to pick. After the coconut is taken off, due to the hard shell, even the most skilled coconut opener needs to chop several knives to drink the delicious coconut milk smoothly. It can be said that eating the sweet coconut meat is very laborious.
  However, not only humans like to taste coconuts, there is also an animal that likes to drink coconut milk and eat coconut meat. But they are more courageous than human beings. They can “handle” the coconut without using any tools. They are powerful-it is the famous coconut crab.
Coconut crab is not a crab climbing tree, opening coconut with bare hands, a piece of cake

  Although the name of coconut crab has the word “crab”, it is not a family of crabs. To be precise, coconut crab should belong to a kind of hermit crab. When thinking of hermit crabs, people’s minds are more of small crabs that live in the sea in the documentary, sloshing around with the hard shells of dead mollusks on their backs, and have agile movements.
  Coconut crabs have broken people’s inherent impression of hermit crabs: they only live in the sea when they are young and need to use other hard shells to protect themselves; but when they grow up and mature, they will leave the sea and live in the tropical rain forests on the islands. . After adapting well to life on land, if you stay in the sea for a long time, the coconut crab will be drowned by the sea.
  Mature coconut crabs are different from hermit crabs that need to use the hard shells of other mollusks to protect themselves. They have a hard shell and a huge body, which can grow up to 1 meter in length. They are the largest land-born hermit crabs and the largest known. Terrestrial arthropods. The color of the crab body will change with the island environment, and some coconut crabs will show a nice blue color. But most coconut crabs are mainly brown and look like a giant spider. Just imagine, if you suddenly find a huge brown coconut crab in the deep tropical rainforest of an island, it might make people mistakenly think that it is a huge and terrifying spider. Thinking about it, it will make your back chill.
  Although it looks terrifying, the coconut crab eats normally. It can be seen from the name of coconut crab that coconut is one of their favorite foods, but coconuts usually grow on coconut trees 18 meters above the ground. How to eat coconuts has become the most important problem for coconut crabs. In order to be able to eat delicious, coconut crabs have trained strong legs and crab claws. Using these “tools”, coconut crabs have become “tree climbers”. They can easily climb on coconut trees and pick coconuts. If you walk under a coconut tree, you might be able to see a coconut crab lying on the head of the tree, picking a huge coconut.
  So, how do coconut crabs eat coconut? You know, the coconut shell is hard and difficult to open without tools. However, for coconut crabs, this is not difficult. They will start from the sprout hole of the coconut, insert the crab claws into the coconut shell, and then pry open the coconut shell little by little. This process will take 3 to 4 days, and then the coconut crabs can enjoy their own Good food.
  So, how does the coconut crab complete the difficult task of peeling the coconut shell with bare hands? This has to start with its strong crab claws. The coconut crabs have well-developed crab claws and can output a grip strength of 120 kilograms. Some individuals can even output a grip strength of more than 300 kilograms. What is the concept? In nature, for all terrestrial animals weighing more than 0.14 kg, only the bite force of the alligator can achieve this grip force. The predator on the grassland we are familiar with, the spotted hyena, has a bite force of only 102 kg. That’s it. It is conceivable how easy it is for the coconut crab to pry open the coconut shell. It is also very easy to smash the bones of a small animal and kill it.
Coconut is not the only food. The carcass can also be a Chinese meal.

  Coconut crab recipes are never monotonous. As a typical omnivorous animal, in addition to coconuts, the fruits and seeds of other plants are also food. They also prey on small turtles that have just broken out of their shells on the beach and have not had time to return to the ocean. In addition, some crabs with a hard shell are also filling snacks for coconut crabs.
  When hungry, coconut crabs will even go up the tree to kill seabirds as food. At the beginning of 2017, an American researcher witnessed the “tragedy” of a red-footed booby in the Chagos Islands in the Indian Ocean when a coconut crab tracked, killed, and ate a red-footed booby.

The coconut crab’s pair of crab claws are strong and powerful. This is its lethal weapon. It can use the crab claws to pry open the coconut and eat the coconut meat; it can also use the crab claws to pinch seabirds and break their wings.

  The coconut crab climbed up the tree and approached the resting red-footed booby quietly. When it was not prepared, it severely smashed the bones of the red-footed booby’s wings with a huge crab claw, and the red-footed booby planted one head down the tree. Come, wailing in pain, but the “murderer” unhurriedly returned to the ground from the top of the tree, once again raised the strong crab claw, broke the other wing of the red-footed booby, and then began to gnaw at the spoils. Soon, the smell of blood in the air shocked the surrounding coconut crabs, and they quickly gathered to participate in this “gluttonous feast”.
  Coconut crabs do eat seabirds and mammals, but they rarely hunt and kill living creatures. They usually eat animal carcasses. There is also a terrifying legend about coconut crabs feeding on animal carcasses. In 1937, the famous American female pilot Amelia Earhart lost her track on her first round-the-world flight. The US government sent an aircraft carrier and spent $4 million in search and rescue, but she still found nothing. After the incident, public opinion was divided. Many people believed that Earhart’s body had been eaten by coconut crabs. Gardner Island (now Nicumaroro Island) where Earhart’s plane disappeared is home to a large population of coconut crabs. They love carrion, eat carcasses, and have a habit of hoarding animal remains. Some bones that cannot be eaten will be dragged into the cave and stored. In the place where the Earhart plane disappeared, some remains were found scattered around. The rumors of coconut crabs eating Earhart’s body have intensified. Until now, people still think that she was eaten by coconut crabs, and a horrible mist shrouded the coconut crabs.

  Of course, coconut crabs don’t care about the truth of the Earhart incident. For them, seabirds or rotting corpses are just the channels for them to obtain protein and survive. In addition, coconut crabs are one of the few animals that can eat their own kind. During the molting period, coconut crabs will eat the crab shells they shed and their smaller counterparts. The reason for this can be said to be very simple and rude. The purpose is to supplement the trace element calcium that the body needs.
  For food, coconut crabs almost never refuse to come, and on the islands, they can be regarded as the “overlords” of one party-huge crab claws, so that other animals dare not approach; the skills of climbing trees, no one It is difficult to kill them easily if you dare. However, even so powerful, the coconut crab is still vulnerable to powerful and intelligent humans.
The disappearing coconut crab is an endangered species that needs to be protected urgently

  Coconut crabs were once distributed in many countries in the world, such as China, Thailand, Fiji, India, Japan, Indonesia and other places. However, due to human hunting, coconut crabs in these areas are now very rare, and the coconut crabs in Mauritius have even disappeared completely.
  The indigenous people on the island actually started hunting coconut crabs very early, and the reason for the killing is really ironic. They believe that eating coconut crabs can help men improve their yang and make their bodies healthy. Coconut Crab may not even think about it until he died, he would die for such absurd reasons.
  But in fact, this is only one of the reasons why coconut crabs are killed, and the main reason is the huge restaurant market behind coconut crabs. The meat of coconut crab is delicious. There are rumors that the meat of coconut crab has a coconut-like fragrance, so it is very popular. Its price has always been high. It can be sold for 750 yuan per kilogram. Usually an adult coconut crab can grow At 8 kilograms, the price of a whole crab is 6000 yuan. There is no killing if there is no business, huge profits are often accompanied by endless hunting, and the coconut crab can’t escape such a tragic fate.

Coconut crabs have long been hunted and killed by the indigenous people on the island for the reason that they can “improve the sun.” Coupled with their tender meat, even if they are expensive, they still become a “Chinese dish” for many people.

  In addition to being hunted and killed, the reproduction of coconut crabs is also an important reason for their population decline. Wildlife experts have found that under normal circumstances, coconut crabs can live to about forty years old, but it takes at least five years for it to develop from a fertilized egg to a mature individual. In the past five years, coconut crabs have to face the threats of other animals, such as the seabirds eaten by coconut crabs in the previous article. Young coconut crabs are their most delicious snack. In this case, some juvenile individuals cannot live to maturity. Without the supplement of fresh blood, he was hunted and killed, which caused the coconut crab to die out.
  In 1996, the World Conservation Union included coconut crabs on the Red List of Endangered Species, and many countries are also making efforts to protect them. For example, on Christmas Island in Australia, the government has promulgated a related bill to protect coconut crabs, which explicitly prohibits harming coconut crabs. If it is violated, severe legal sanctions will be imposed. This has also caused tourists to Christmas Island to be robbed of coconut crabs. After leaving the food, I can only watch and think that I’m out of luck. At the same time, humans are also helping coconut crabs to artificially reproduce, which has a significant effect on increasing the population of coconut crabs.
  We have reason to believe that under the joint protection of mankind, this animal that can open coconuts with bare hands and climb trees to catch birds will definitely live on the earth and share a beautiful life with mankind.