Coconut Crabs’ Crushing Grip Finally Measured

Talk about a powerful handshake.

Researchers have measured the crushing grip of coconut crabs, the largest hermit crabs on Earth, for the first time, and the results are imposing. The crustaceans’ claws are capable of exerting forces that rival a lion’s bite, researchers from Japan’s Okinawa Churashima Research Center say. They think this impressive show of strength is partly an adaption to their shell-less existence, swapping out formidable weaponry for protective defenses.

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