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Amelia Earhart buffs are ‘crabby’ after another theory on her disappearance resurfaces

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Amelia Earhart’s unexplained disappearance as she flew over the Pacific Ocean has made her one of the most iconic figures in American history.

Amelia Earhart, aviator and author disappeared in 1937 while on a circumnavigational flight of the globe.

Everyone has a theory for Earhart’s mysterious disappearance, from her simply dying in a plane crash to having been a secret spy who spent the last years of her life in hiding.

There’s an incredibly morbid explanation for why no one ever found the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. Surprisingly, it’s a theory that’s been repeated a number of times–and isn’t as far-fetched as it may initially seems.

Earhart in 1928, nine years before her mysterious disappearance.

It involves crabs.

The theory says that Earhart crashed on the Pacific island of Nikumaroro–and her body was subsequently devoured by crabs.

But not just any type of crab. Nikumaroro, also known as Garder Island, is home to fierce coconut crabs.

Some believe Amelia Earhart’s body was eaten by coconut crabs, which can grow to be 3ft and have the strength to crack open a coconut. Source: Screengrab.

These crustaceans can grow to be over three-feet long and weigh nine pounds. Coconut crabs are so-named because their claws are powerful enough to crack open a coconut.

The force generated by these extraordinary creatures would certainly be enough to break up a human body.

Smithsonian mentioned the Amelia Earhart theory in an article about coconut crabs a few years ago, as did the Washington Post.

We may never know for sure what really happened to Amelia Earhart. But the next time you eat a crab cake, this theory will make you reflect that the roles of you and your lunch could have been reversed under other circumstances.

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