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A crab and the dead pirate.

"You will be going with us, mon ami, non?"
"No. Once all your men's cells are unlocked, I'm taking those keys and scuttling out of here as fast as a crab on a white sand beach, Christophe.
Christophe-Julien de Rapièr and Jack Sparrow[src]

A crab was a 10-legged animal that walked sideways. The foremost legs were in the form of claws. Most crabs lived in the oceans, but many lived on land.


A giant crab cursed by Jolly Roger's Voodoo magic.

"I'm in need of a few things. An Undead Witchdoctor took my favorite crab recipe. Recover it for me, along with some o' that sweet crab meat, of course."
Gil Derga to a pirate[src]

As a heathen goddess, Calypso was able to take many forms. But since the crab was attributed as her symbol, most notably by pirates, she chose that form.[1] During the Age of Piracy, crabs inhabited many islands in the Caribbean. Some crabs however were cursed by Jolly Roger into joining his army of creatures that inhabited most islands.[2] When the natives from the island of Opawy Wato replaced their golden idol with the figurehead of the pirate ship Nemesis, the angry deity brought upon them a terrible curse which transformed them into crab-like monsters.[3]

Steamed and buttered crabs were one of Jack Sparrow's favorite meals.[4] When Jack found the body of One Tooth Tommy in Shipwreck Cove, a bunch of crabs were already beginning to eat the corpse.[5] More than a decade later, when Jack Sparrow and Will Turner rowed inside the caves of Isla de Muerta, they saw a crab near a skeleton with a sword on its back.[6] Also, cursed crabs existed at the neighboring Rumrunner's Isle.[2] A year later, when Bootstrap Bill Turner came onboard the Black Pearl to give the Black Spot to Jack, he caught and ate a tiny little crab.[7]

With a clatter of crab claws on a rough wooden table, the voodoo mystic Tia Dalma used crab claws as they hold unfathomable powers, revealing a person's fate and spelling out your destiny, despite their fears.[7] With crab claws, Tia Dalma could see what ordinary mortals could not by gently throwing the claws on the table and "reading" their positions.[8]

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"Perfect. What would my torment be without unusual crabs here to mock me."
Jack Sparrow[src]


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