The coconut crab and Alaskan king crab are some of the largest crabs in the world.
The coconut crab is the world’s largest terrestial arthropod in the world and is known for its ability to crack coconuts with its pincers. They can weigh up to 4kg (Some reports claim up to 17kg) and leg span of 1m. It is eaten by the Pacific islanders and is considered a delicacy with a taste similar to lobster and crabmeat. A coconut crab will attack if it is threatened.
The Alaskan king crab are crustaceans chiefly found in cold seas. Their weight varies from 2 to 4kg (some species such as the blue king crab sometimes exceeds 8kg). Alaskan crab fishing is one of the United States’ most dangerous jobs albeit the good payout on a successful catch. Over 80% of these deaths are caused by drowning or hypothermia.
21 more pics of giant crabs after the jump.