Coconut Crab

Coconut Crab

I've been searching for a decent sized coconut crab for the last two years. Normally I head over to an Atoll about 10 miles off shore where the locals can't rape the place. I've found heaps but never a good one. Today I took the family for an Easter Monday snorkel at an island inside the reef and about 2 miles from shore and found this bad boy inside of a minute. Meant to be I guess. You have to be pretty careful when holding them, the break open coconuts for a living.....

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 wouldnt want it to get hold

Mon, 2012-04-09 18:08

 wouldnt want it to get hold of your noggin then would you. . looking at those claws i can see how they do it. looks like its lost a few legs in a battle, how big do they grow

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Big

Tue, 2012-04-10 05:54

By all reports they get a bit bigger Russ. I haven't seen to many bigger than this one here though. There's a fair big of pressure on them though, the locals love em.

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Nice mate, what are they like

Mon, 2012-04-09 18:24

Nice mate, what are they like on the tooth? Good I imagine if the locals hammer them

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Tonight

Tue, 2012-04-10 05:55

I'll find out tonight Lamby. 'Tastey but Oily' is the description I've been given.

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Geez...they get big

Mon, 2012-04-09 18:31

I just googled coconut crab image ...they are certainly the big guys of the crab world

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alaskin king crab?

Tue, 2012-04-10 12:34

alaskin king crab?

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That's a Baby!

Mon, 2012-04-09 20:19

Hey Soupy,

Let him go, it's a baby! The get as big as a rubbish bin lid in most parts of the pacific (eg Vanuatu), and also Indian ocean (eg Christmas).

When are you coming back to Aus?

Willy

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Aust

Tue, 2012-04-10 05:57

January 2013 unfortunately. Could definately do another three year stint back-to-back. Unfortunately some fool who has never set foot on a Pacific Island decided to take the Rec Boats away. Luckily I have come up with another plan that gets me out whenever I want. Not so great for the rest of the guys though.

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Had some a long time ago in Vanuatu

Tue, 2012-04-10 12:31

Awesome feed. It was a bit disconcerting when we arrived there was a crab walking around at the entrance to the restuarant tethered to a rope. Had a good look at it. When we left, it was gone!!!!

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where r u

Wed, 2012-04-11 15:42

where actually are you , curious bud

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