Monster 'robber' crab with pincers 'like chainsaw' attacks golfers and snaps club in half

The friends discovered the coconut crustacean, known as the predatory crab, that was wrapped around their golf clubs when they returned from putting on Christmas Island, Australia

Monster crab with pliers “like a chainsaw” attacks golfers

A group of golfers had the shock of their lives when they were accompanied by a giant crab that cut through their club “like a chainsaw”.

The giant crustacean climbed up a man’s golf bag while playing on Christmas Island and clung to the end of his club.

Footage captured in the field shows the friends trying to get the bat out of its giant pincers before it breaks in half.

They discovered the stubborn visitor after returning from their sixth hole in Australian territory.

Local resident Paul Buhner videotaped the ordeal and the creature was identified as a coconut or a predatory crab in a post on Reddit.

He said, “And that’s why we call them predatory crabs. And we didn’t put that up here, it climbed up here while we were bringing it out.

“He’s got it damn well under control. Look at this.”

The crab was found with its golf clubs
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The friends returned from the green to spot the giant crab
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He told NCA NewsWire how surprised he was when the video circulated on social media in January more than a year after the incident.

The clip, filmed in October 2020, recently went viral after his son sent it to a friend, reports news.com.au.

Mr Buhner related how he sustained a shoulder injury that day but had a beer on the golf course while his friends played.

He added, “Friday golf is a religion on the island. Even if you can’t play you go out and support the guys and have a beer and that’s basically what I did.

“The originals are a lot funnier, but I understand the need to cut out some of the colorful language.”

Christmas Island is located in the Indian Ocean about 930 miles west of mainland Australia.

Paul Buhner filmed the clip
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Paul Bühner)

The species is the world’s largest terrestrial arthropod
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The area is home to the coconut crab, known colloquially as the robber crab because it has a tendency to pinch things with its claws.

The species is the largest terrestrial arthropod in the world and can reach a leg span of up to one meter.

Red crabs are also native to the area, along with the neighboring coconut islands.

An estimated 43.7 million adult red crabs live on Christmas Island alone, where they cover the streets during their annual migration.

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