- "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.
- "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. 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. 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 transfomed them into crab-like monsters.
Steamed and buttered crabs were one of Jack Sparrow's favorite meals. When Jack found the body of One Tooth Tommy in Shipwreck Cove, a bunch of crabs were already beginning to eat the corpse. 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. 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.
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. With crab claws, Tia Dalma could see what ordinary mortals could not by gently throw the claws on the table and "reads" their positions.
Behind the scenes
- In the original Disneyland ride Pirates of the Caribbean, there was a skeleton sprawled on the beach, with a crab nearby, located within a treasure-filled cavern in Dead Man's Cove. This was adapted into a quick shot on Isla de Muerta in a scene from The Curse of the Black Pearl.
- Pirates of the Caribbean (ride)
- Jack Sparrow: The Sword of Cortés
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Armada of the Damned
- The Price of Freedom
- Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (video game)
- Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (First appearance)
- Pirates of the Caribbean Online
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
- Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
- LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game (Non-canonical appearance)
Notes and references
- ↑ "Pirates Secrets Revealed" leaflet - Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End DVD
- ↑ Pirates of the Caribbean Online
- ↑ Pirates of the Caribbean: Armada of the Damned
- ↑ Jack Sparrow: The Sword of Cortés
- ↑ The Price of Freedom
- ↑ Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
- ↑ Pirates of the Caribbean: The Complete Visual Guide, p58-59: "Tia Dalma's Shack"