Amelia Earhart is the first female aviator who flew alone across the Atlantic Ocean. Unfortunately, her life ended tragically when she disappeared without a trace with her companion, Fred Noonan, as they were trying to fly across the entire globe. Now, a team of researchers think they might have discovered the mystery behind this disappearance.
Earhart disappeared while flying over the Pacific
In 1937, as Earhart was flying above the Pacific Ocean, she suddenly disappeared and left no traces behind. This event shocked everyone, and is raising a lot of questions even today. No one could tell how she disappeared or if she died. Most hypotheses presumed that her plane fell into the ocean and she drowned. However, others proposed different explanations.
Some say Earhart landed in Nikumaroro, where she was taken hostage by the Japanese people and spent her days until her death. Others think she landed on the Gardner Island, in the western part of the Pacific region. However, the Nikumaroro hypothesis brings out another tragic possibility.
One theory suggests the aviator was dismembered by coconut crabs
This region is populated by coconut crabs, which are big ferocious creatures with claws so strong that they can easily crack open a coconut shell. The crabs are savage killers, and would eat anything they find in their way. Therefore, it wouldn’t be unlikely that Earhart should have crashed in Nikumaroro, and then had her body eaten by coconut crabs.
In 1940, Gerard Gallagher, a British officer, found a skeleton on Nikumaroro which was about the same size as Earhart. This skeleton missed some small bones, which could have been consumed or hidden by coconut crabs. Even the bigger ones were damaged, which made their dating impossible. In the meantime, the skeleton was lost, but Gallagher was convinced it belonged to the lost aviator.
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