That's why it's called the "coconut" crab.
I wonder if it's ever attacked human beings -- you know, like people napping at the beach.
Nature never ceases to amaze me.
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To clarify/calm down my paranoid mind of a staged crab attack to a bird whose wing was broken earlier possibly by humans and so that we have full proof beyond social media cuts.
ps: red footed boobies don't seem to avoid those islands: https://www.livingoceansfoundation.org/seabirds-chagos-islan...
This behavior might be seen as an extension of how they go after coconuts and other fruit.
Found this amateur video on YouTube which documents hunting, preparation, and the final dish by Chamorros from Guam. In contrast to typical crabs, the abuni (pronounced ah-boo-nee; rear end of crab body) is arguably the most desirable and flavorful part. This video demonstrates simple preparation by a Japanese cook; I've highlighted the abuni part, which tastes absolutely amazing despite appearances.
ps. Ive been actively trying to overcome my aversion to spiders by handling them when I put them out. Starting with very tiny ones and working my way up.
So here's this giant enemy crab.
And the top comments fight over who has the least tolerance for it.
I think it's a symptom of the broader topic of anti-intellectualism in our culture where reactions are more important than intrigue and exploration.
A video of a crab eating a bird might seem like a weird tipping point to have this moment but it's a video that I happened to see in four different places where the top comments were all the same mix of "well I'm never going near crabs again lol" and "nuke it from orbit lol" and "wish I hadn't seen this lol" and "I'll be sure to do my part to eat more crabs lol."
I believe the expression you are looking for is “tongue-in-cheek”.