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CNN's Max Foster asks Isa Soares who do you think would win a battle between an octopus and a crab. Watch and see the answer.
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This whimsical video is by Emily Laub. She acted as a matchmaker by putting a post molt female blue crab in a tank with a male blue crab. The female crab molted in isolation and was a virgin. Females can only mate after they molt and until their gonogpores are calcified- about 10 days. In this real time video, the female gets down to business and initiates the process. The process may be clumsy because the normal sequence of cues for sex are missing. The video ends with copulation continued for about 12 more hours. If a male blue crab were as big as a human he would transfer about 2.5 gallons of seminal fluid to the female with enough sperm to fertilize about 64,000,000 eggs.
Coconut crabs are the largest land invertebrates, reaching sizes of over 3 feet in leg span and a weight of up to 9 lbs. Along with eating their namesake, coconuts, the crabs have been observed catching bigger prey like rats and birds, as well as fruits and nuts. ➡ Subscribe: http://bit.ly/NatGeoWILDSubscribe About Nat Geo Wild: Welcome to a place so wild, anything can happen. Nat Geo Wild is the network all about animals from National Geographic, where every story is an adventure and your imagination is allowed to run wild. Get More Nat Geo Wild: Official Site: http://bit.ly/NatGeoWILD Facebook: http://bit.ly/NGWFacebook Twitter: http://bit.ly/NGWTwitter Instagram: http://bit.ly/NGWInstagram Their presence on small islands may have a great effect on the nesting behavior of birds. Islands that contain coconut crabs have been observed with little to no bird populations. Read more in "Watch This Giant Land Crab Attack an Unsuspecting Bird." https://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/news/171101-coconut-crabs-islands-birds-vin-spd See This Giant Land Crab Attack a Bird | Nat Geo Wild https://youtu.be/U0Nfu7iR7lc Nat Geo Wild https://www.youtube.com/user/NatGeoWild
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