The Perilous Hunt for Coconut Crabs on a Remote Polynesian Island

On Makatea, an uplifted coral atoll marred by decades of mining, searching for crabs often requires gambling with the treacherous terrain.,

Sunset over a formerly mined area -- known as the extraction zone -- on the French Polynesian island of Makatea.
Sunset over a formerly mined area — known as the extraction zone — on the French Polynesian island of Makatea.

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The Perilous Hunt for Coconut Crabs on a Remote Polynesian Island

On Makatea, an uplifted coral atoll marred by decades of mining, searching for crabs often requires gambling with the treacherous terrain.

Sunset over a formerly mined area — known as the extraction zone — on the French Polynesian island of Makatea.Credit…

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