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