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Amelia Earhart giant crabs theory resurfaces

August 26, 2019 | Comment icon 22 comments



Coconut crabs are the world's largest land-living arthropods. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 Olivier Lejade
Researchers have suggested that the aviator's remains were dragged off by coconut crabs after she died.
More than 82 years after Amelia Earhart disappeared over the Pacific Ocean during an attempt to circumnavigate the globe in her Lockheed Model 10 Electra, the question of what happened to her continues to remain one of the biggest unanswered mysteries of the modern age.

In recent years, clues have been found suggesting that Earhart's plane may have gone down somewhere in the remote Pacific atoll of Nikumaroro and that the aviator and her navigator Fred Noonan may have even survived for several days on a small island while awaiting rescue.

If that's true however, then why have their remains not been found there ?
Interestingly, 13 human bones were actually found on the island in 1940 by British colonial officer Gerard Gallagher, however these have sadly since been lost, making further study impossible.

Some researchers believe that the reason so few bones were found was because Earhart's remains had been devoured or dragged off by coconut crabs which can grow up to 3ft across.

If so, they argue, some of her bones could still be scattered (and possibly buried) across the island.

If Ballard can locate even one such bone, it could help to solve the mystery once and for all.

Source: Huffington Post | Comments (22)



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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #13 Posted by Hammerclaw 2 years ago
I hate remakes. No one can out TIGHAR, TIGHAR.
Comment icon #14 Posted by ScotDeerie 2 years ago
What could she possibly have been doing that couldn’t have been done better by the military? 
Comment icon #15 Posted by Manwon Lender 2 years ago
That has been a long standing thought of why she disappeared.
Comment icon #16 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps 2 years ago
Make her self look like someone that is not military
Comment icon #17 Posted by ScotDeerie 2 years ago
And...  ??  What? Fly over places?  Her flight wasn't a secret. Everyone knew she was in the air. And everyone knew what she looked like. I guess I can't figure out what "secret mission" she could have been on that wouldn't have taken .0000001 of a second for someone to figure out.  If you have any good ideas, please, share.  But as a conspiracy theory, there's just no meat on the bone.
Comment icon #18 Posted by Desertrat56 2 years ago
Interesting.  That must be why PBS aired a documentary about her that included her childhood last  night.
Comment icon #19 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps 2 years ago
Well, no one knows for sure, of course. At least not us in here. The CIA used high profile people before to be spies. Go back prior to WWII, the Americans were going to have a tour of a baseball team in Japan and the best player the Tigers had, Hank Greenburg, was actually a spy for the CIA, at least, on that tour. Right now, the CIA hires certain airline pilots to spy. They are not full time employees of the CIA but they spy.  In general, high profile people have access to more places and high ranking officials than us plebes
Comment icon #20 Posted by ScotDeerie 2 years ago
She was in a two person plane with a specific flight plan, not embarking on a Good Will tour of the world. There wasn't going to be socializing. Who was she going to get intel from?  Someone gassing up the plane?  It's a ridiculous premise created by people who can't deal with the fact that sometimes the **** hits the fan -- even for famous people.
Comment icon #21 Posted by Scholar4Truth 2 years ago
I always held the view that she was captured by the Japanese and executed by firing squad.  
Comment icon #22 Posted by Jon the frog 2 years ago
They found a landing light of the electra some time ago no? I thing I read that on unexplained this winter?


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