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Massive Robber Crab Freaks Out Golfers And Snaps A Golf Club In Half With Its Claws In Surreal Video

Massive Robber Crab Freaks Out Golfers And Snaps A Golf Club In Half With Its Claws In Surreal Video
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Christmas Island, an Australian territory off the coast of Indonesia, is home to so many of the terrifying animals you would associate with Australia.

One group of golfers came too close for comfort with a particularly terrifying species of crab, known as the Robber crab, Palm Thief crab or the Coconut crab.

All three monikers refer to the large cousin of the hermit crab.

The species—native to islands and coastal areas throughout the region—is the largest land-walking arthropod in the world and can reach weights of up to nine pounds.

It makes for a terrifyingly large visual, despite their relative indifference to humans.

Here's a quick primer on the big guys.

Unfortunately for a group of golfers, one particular crab wasn't feeling so indifferent.

Video captured the crab climbed atop one of the party's quiver of golf clubs, where it grasped onto the driver.

As the owner tried to wrest the club back from the crab, its claw snapped it in half.

You can see the battle for the club here.

Videos of human versus giant land crab adventures often end with the crab coming out on top.

Although the crabs are edible and considered a delicacy akin to lobster for many Pacific Islanders.

People who live full time with the large arthropods take a mostly live and let live attitude since the crabs may move fairly slowly, but they're determined and accomplished climbers.

Eventually, after a few moments of hopelessly struggling against the arthropod, the group of golfers gave up and left him with his tattered golf club remains.

The man whose club it ostensibly was also left the driver cover to the crab with a cheeky:

“That’s not fair, I loved that club."

Thankfully, all humans and crabs were unharmed in the making of this video.

Golf clubs, however, were not so lucky.

You can find out even more about the giant crabs here.