The start of the red crab migration

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The annual red crab mass migration (around 100 million animals) to the sea to spawn has been called one of the wonders of the natural world and takes place each year around November; after the start of the wet season and in synchronisation with the cycle of the moon.

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Comments (8)

Voar Alto on November 13, 2012

Great feast, are they edible? If so take a bag along.Best regards,Eduardo.

Derek Geer on November 19, 2012

Thanks Eddie. They are protected but I understand they are not good eating anyway. A huge number get run over when crossing the roads. Regards Derek

Leo W on November 23, 2012

really a fantastic shot, almost a little bit scary.

like it very much.

best wishes, Leo

Bram van Broekhoven on November 25, 2012

wow so many of them great shot Like

kind regards, Bram

Derek Geer on November 27, 2012

Thank you Leo. This is only the start of the migration. It looks scary when you see them moving in the hundreds of thousands. Regards Derek

Derek Geer on November 27, 2012

Thanks Bram. See my comments above to Leo. Regards Derek

Nick Weall on November 28, 2012

I wonder if the crabs ever eat a human, nibble by nibble ~ they is surely enough to them to do so ~~~

Derek Geer on November 30, 2012

Many thanks Nick. Your thoughts are quite creepy but when you see them piled up a metre or so against a building or other 'obstacle' on their way to the ocean to spawn it is quite a scary sight. Introduced ants on the island were a significant threat at one time but the authorities apparently seem to be getting on top of the situation. Regards Derek

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Photo taken in Golf Course Casino Rd, Christmas Island

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  • Uploaded on November 13, 2012
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    by Derek Geer
    • Camera: Canon PowerShot A710 IS
    • Taken on 2006/11/08 13:14:35
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