At a campsite on Christmas Island, an Australian family’s BBQ was given a surprise visit enormous crabs in the evening time.
Amy Luetich and her family were enjoying themselves in the campsite when dozens after dozens of crabs clawed in creating a near to nightmare scene.
The family started to record and click photos, rather than getting away from the place like most of us.
The crabs that crawled in were robber crabs, also known as coconut crabs. According to Parks Australia, these can grow up to 4kg and measure up to 1m in width, making them the world’s biggest land crustacean.
With a life span up to 50 years, robber crabs are known to walk away with anything they find on the ground that might interest them.
Amy shared the photos with the Christmas Island Tourism group; the tourism board captioned the pictured as “Robber crabs behaving badly!
“A couple of local #christmasisland families had a few extra mouths to feed at their BBQ over the weekend. #coconutcrabs have an incredible sense of smell and for slow-moving creatures, they sure move quickly when there’s food around… would you like to share your picnic with these guys???
“Please note that Robber Crabs are protected (and respected) here on Christmas Island.”
Amy Luetich told the Daily Mail Australia-
“We have camped in that area a few times and we have never seen so many robber crabs,” she said. “As soon as we started cooking, they swarmed around us. My son counted 52 of them.”
She further adds “Then they started to climb up to the table, and another climbed onto the barbecue. We kept our tents away from where we had eaten, but one of the families said the whole night they could feel one tapping on the outside of their tent.”