18th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Coconut Crab Eating Coconut

A large Coconut Crab has claws powerful enough to crack open coconut shells. Even though they are iconic and protected on the Diego Garcia atoll, you still have to explore the island a bit to encounter them.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 12.2018
Date Uploaded: 11.2020
Photo Location: Diego Garcia, British Indian Ocean Territory
Camera: FinePix S9400W S9450W
Copyright: © Thomas Crompton