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One from the archive! A coconut crab



One from the archives! More closely related to hermit crabs than conventional crabs, this is a large land-lubbing crustacean that is relatively common throughout the pacific, known for dining on coconut flesh and climbing palm trees. This was taken in 2000 on the island of Himocilan, Leyte, Philippines.

Taken using a 2.5 megapixel Olympus C-2500L fixed-lens DSLR.

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Re: One from the archive! A coconut crab

I think this is a great image Ian, I love the story it tells in close up and the detail of the skin in the weathered hands is wonderful, and all from old technology which goes to show that the most important specification of a camera is the operator.
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Re: One from the archive! A coconut crab

Yes, it's great that the hands were included, it puts the subject in context and is so much more meaningful than just a still life shot of the crab.
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Re: One from the archive! A coconut crab

Ooh - a crunchy Bounty Bar.

I once had a low mp camera which took great pix just like this one.

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Re: One from the archive! A coconut crab

Never seen one before. Surprised at the size of it
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Re: One from the archive! A coconut crab

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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,

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Re: One from the archive! A coconut crab

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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,

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Re: One from the archive! A coconut crab

a mutant flea that lives on the skin of godzilla ... an explanation I would have believed

never seen, never heard of it, although the Pacific ocean is just the sea over there.

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Re: One from the archive! A coconut crab

Hi Yoshi - I guess the coconut crab (also known as the robber crab) prefers tropical parts of the Pacific

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