There is a certain beach on a peninsula of Thailand where the crab trails spell runes. The runic alphabet they use is related (although not identical) to Elder Futhark, while the language spelled appears to be entirely the crabs’ own. The crabs themselves appear to demonstrate excellent communication skills (for crustaceans) leading to a vastly diminished mortality rate from predation. Despite this it is still unknown how they can coordinate to make a single message, or remember their runic alphabet. Other questions include where the crabs learned an ancient alphabet (Elder Futhark was replaced in the 8th Century by the contracted Younger Futhark) and who the messages are for.
The writings from the crabs are of course regularly erased by the tide, making the medium a disadvantageous one for storing messages, although this archivist is aware of the irony in that judgement given the recent fate of the old Archive. The language has been partly deciphered in recent years, although most messages relate only events of interest to crabs, such as upcoming leap tides or new predator activity.
This morning the message related a certain joy in a plentiful new food source. Researchers studying the language were disturbed to see a crab-nibbled human foot emerging from the sand beneath the rune “wunjo”. The corpse was later identified as Herbert Montaigne, a name which has often been indirectly associated with unusual events, although he was believed to have “retired” (if indeed Montaigne was ever truly connected) at least a decade ago.