Originally Posted by Pops
Never seen one before. Surprised at the size of it
Nice to see you back, Pops! Hope that back of yours improves speedily
We saw the coconut crab back in 2001 on a trip back to the Philippines, where my mother comes from. Himocilan island is one of the larger islands near my mum's home village on Leyte. We were offered the coconut crabs to eat, but we thought they might be rare and asked that they be released (there were a couple of them).
I have since discovered that they are found all around the Pacific, although not exactly common, they are not, as far as I know, endangered. But they are really amazing to see,