Here we go again. Another video of a knife-wielding crab is making waves across the Internet. At first, it seems laughable – even endearing. But there's something you should know.
In the YouTube clip, the sea creature is seen engaged in a “sword fight”. It seems the little crab handles the blade with ease, passing it between its pincers as it scuttles across a sink. When a human holding a much larger knife appears, the crab continues to back up until cornering itself against the sink, eventually dropping its weapon in an appeared surrender.
Reportedly filmed in Malaysia, the title of the video translates to something along the lines of “alone and yielding a knife, crab strives for his survival in the kitchen”. The truth behind the video is likely just as sad. Nevertheless, the Internet went wild.
Some were inspired by the crab.
Then there’s this guy.
That’s right, Darryl. The truth is the crab is probably being tormented by its human opponent.
“I would bet with 99 percent certainty somebody put that knife in the crab’s claws to make a funny video,” said Molly Zaleski, a marine scientist based in Alaska, in an interview with IFLScience. “It’s definitely not normal crab behavior to use knives as tools or to use knives as defense against humans.”
Just because the crab is able to smoothly switch the knife between pincers doesn’t mean is a knife-ninja, either.
“The crab is happening to grab the knife opportunistically at the handle,” said Zaleski. “Toward the end of the video, you’ll notice it’s starting to grab at the blade, which is too thin. It’s not because the crab knows how to use a knife, it’s because the width of the handle is more conducive to its claw grab than the width of the blade.”
It’s one of many videos in recent years that give human characteristics to animals, or anthropomorphosis. A similar knife-wielding "Gangster Crab" surfaced in 2016, which, according to the Washington Post, was just another dumb hoax.
Let's not forget poor shower rat, our furry little friend filmed taking a shower and scrubbing itself standing up. Nope, it wasn't just getting sudsy. Experts say it was probably trying to get an irritant off of its body.
“These types of videos are more likely than not somebody just trying to film a funny video, which is unfortunate,” said Zaleski.