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Was Amelia Earhart really eaten by giant crabs ?

By T.K. Randall
April 22, 2023 · Comment icon 8 comments

Did coconut crabs make off with the evidence ? Image Credit: CC BY 3.0 Anne Sheppard
One enduring theory suggests that the aviator's remains were disposed of by coconut crabs on Nikumaroro.
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 it were possible to locate even one such bone, it could help to solve the mystery once and for all.

Source: IFL Science | Comments (8)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Gumball 1 month ago
Naw mate.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Kenemet 1 month ago
Once she died, perhaps.  But alive?  Nah.  She'd have cooked them.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Tom1200 1 month ago
Oh CHRIST.  Her again?  Nobody cares.  Next story please.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Antigonos 1 month ago
Amelia Earhart, her co-pilot and her plane are currently lying under 16,000 feet of water. I imagine she was eaten by all sorts of things down there, not just crabs.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Bavarian Raven 19 days ago
You cared enough to comment. 
Comment icon #6 Posted by Bavarian Raven 19 days ago
Unless they crashed / ditched near an isolated atoll. 
Comment icon #7 Posted by Antigonos 19 days ago
If that had been the case, the massive air/sea rescue operations launched in the wake of her disappearance would have found them.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Tom1200 19 days ago
Begging for torture to stop isn't the same as caring.

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