The Coconut Crab Looks Like Something Out Of A B-Horror Film

Why, nature?

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If you ever find yourself hanging out in the tropical Indian or Pacific oceans for some reason, it’s probably best you keep an eye out of coconut crabs. And why is that? Well, that’s because they look like this:

Why, God?

This crab, also known as robber crabs, are in the news after a video of one killing a seagull in a gruesome way has gone viral. Let me first tell you that these creatures can weight up to 8.8 pounds, as much as a house cat. And they can grow as big as 3 feet in length, which makes them the largest invertebrates – animals without backbones – on land. Coconut crabs are also known for their tree-climbing abilities and taste for coconuts, as they can crack one open with their claws. Then again, they are also into seagulls apparently judging by the video below.

One man, Mark Laidre of Dartmouth College in New Hampshire recently visited the Chagos Archipelago, a remote series of atolls in the Indian Ocean and ran into this:

Holy hell. The video is below, but just a heads up that it’s kind of brutal to watch.

According to Laidre, this crab saw a seagull sleeping in a tree so he climbed the tree, pinched it, broke a bone in the bird’s wing and dragged it to the bottom. Pretty damn ruthless. And Twitter is obviously not a fan of this crab at all.

Guard your kittens!

h/t New Scientist

And now look at this horror show: This Hermit Crab Used A Doll’s Head As A Shell And Of Course It Looks Terrifying