Crab attacks GoPro, drags it into lair and films himself

WildCreaturesPublished: January 7, 2018Updated: January 9, 201887,028 plays$230.30 earned
Published: January 7, 2018Updated: January 9, 2018

The Batwing Coral Crab is a large, edible crab that is widespread throughout tropical waters. Its bright red shell and large claws make it hard to miss, although it spends most of the daytime tucked under coral or hidden in small caves in the reef. These crabs can grow to 6 inches in width across the shell. They are more likely to be seen at night when they venture out in the open to hunt for food.

This adventurous fellow was seen on the prowl in broad daylight in Akumal, Mexico. He was followed to a small cave, where he disappeared from view. When the GoPro camera was placed in front of the entrance, the crab made an excited dash at the camera, grabbed it and dragged it inside and under the coral. The snorkelers left the camera for several minutes before coming back to see what had happened.

The camera was found tucked up inside the cave. Looking at the footage later revealed an interesting view. It showed the crab closely inspecting the camera and moving it around.

The crab's claws can be seen exploring the lens and around behind the camera. He seems to stare at it curiously and this provides an incredible close up look at his mouth and eyes, as well as his belly. Amazingly, every part of the crab tucks into nooks on his shell to provide a perfect armor. Even the parts of his mouth can be folded in for protection.

One of the cutest features of this little crab is the light spot on his shell behind each eye that give the impression of perpetually raised eyebrows.

It's difficult to say whether the crab's initial reaction was curiosity or whether he saw the shiny camera as potential food, but the footage that followed is priceless!

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      cdngreenwaterdiver · 48 weeks ago

      he didnt like you spying on him during the daylight hours, cool footage

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      einsteinparrot · 48 weeks ago

      Very cool video! I'd like to know what was going on in that crabs mind!

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      ray1876 · 48 weeks ago

      Crab looks extraterrestrial. Impressive closeup video.

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      DavidMcNab · 48 weeks ago

      Thanks for the feedback folks. I'm curious too. He might have been curious, hungry, annoyed...or all three.

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      winkeldinkel · 48 weeks ago

      Great video you "top earner" you!