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Was Amelia Earhart eaten by giant crabs ?


Posted on Tuesday, 14 November, 2017 | Comment icon 17 comments

Coconut crabs can grow to enormous sizes. Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 fearlessRich
If the famed aviator really had crash-landed on the atoll of Nikumaroro, what happened to her remains ?
When Amelia Earhart disappeared over the Pacific Ocean during an attempt to circumnavigate the globe in her Lockheed Model 10 Electra in 1937, the question of what happened to her would go on to become one of the most enduring mysteries of the modern age.

More recently however, there has been a growing body of evidence to suggest that Earhart, along with her navigator Fred Noonan, may have actually survived for several days on a remote Pacific island.

While no sign of their remains has been found so far, some researchers have suggested that, having succumbed to hunger and thirst, Earhart and Noonan may have become victims to something even more unexpected - the coconut crab - a giant land-dwelling arthropod that can grow up to 3ft across.

Notorious for grabbing and carrying away any potential source of food left on the ground, these huge crustaceans could have easily viewed Earhart's remains as an easy meal.

If true, this would make the chances of finding her bones on Nikumaroro very slim indeed.


Source: News Week | Comments (17)

Tags: Amelia Earhart

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #8 Posted by pallidin on 14 November, 2017, 22:39
Just the thought of this makes me, uh, crabby.
Comment icon #9 Posted by The Silver Thong on 15 November, 2017, 3:52
Hope she was dead when they ate her.
Comment icon #10 Posted by stereologist on 15 November, 2017, 14:50
I'm smelling an excuse here. The group looking at an island suggests they lived for several days. They suggest there is evidence. They can't show anything so they explain why there is no evidence. Typical bizarre baloney.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Bunzilla on 15 November, 2017, 14:55
It's not as unlikely as some of you seem to think. The rather important fact that the article fails to mention, is that the island of Nikumaroro has a large population of coconut crabs. These monsters are scavengers, but just a few days ago there was a video of them hunting a bird and tearing it apart... So I also really hope that they were dead before these things potentially ate them!
Comment icon #12 Posted by Alaric on 18 November, 2017, 2:05
I used to live on the island of Saipan and had some buddies that were part of a Carolinian tribe that lived part time on Pagan in the Northern Islands of the chain. Wild out there, lots of feral animals (cows, pigs and goats mostly). Also still plenty of coconut crabs.  Voracious things, and immensely strong... if one grabs you, the only way to get it to release is to tickle their belly... and once they have a hold of you, giving them a tickle is the last thing on your mind. You can pull the claw out of it’s socket and it will remain in the clenched position... and good luck trying to force it... [More]
Comment icon #13 Posted by NightScreams on 18 November, 2017, 22:33
It's actually an old theory, not sure why it's suddenly became so pronounced again in the media because AFIK, no physical evidence. I look at these key words in the story and pretty much ignore everything else because this sentence is the relevance: So I read that as some guy is suggesting something to me....yeah I don't play that nonsense.
Comment icon #14 Posted by simplybill on 19 November, 2017, 18:43
That’s why I always carry coconuts while walking in crab country.
Comment icon #15 Posted by Jon the frog on 19 November, 2017, 23:45
Well they fell short of expectation because no news of that after they said they have found it....
Comment icon #16 Posted by seanjo on 20 November, 2017, 16:50
I thought it turned out to be the remains of a child, or maybe that was another time.  
Comment icon #17 Posted by ARealGhost on 29 November, 2017, 15:56
This gave me a good chuckle.


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