Millions of red crabs begin their annual migration

Millions of flame-red crabs have begun their way out of the jungles of Christmas Island, off the coast. Western Australiaas they marched towards ocean.

Videos and photos have recorded Christmas Island red crabs teeming with bridges, across roads and even fleeing the heat resting at the entrances to office buildings.

There are so many crabs that Christmas Island National Park staff have to sweep them away from you from time to time to keep cars from getting crushed.

The red crabs on Christmas Island have begun their annual migration.
The red crabs on Christmas Island have begun their annual migration. (Parks Australia)
There were so many crabs in the drumsite settlement on Sunday when residents were forced indoors.
There were so many crabs in the drumsite settlement on Sunday when residents were forced indoors. (Parks Australia)

On Sunday, residents of the Drumsite settlement could not leave the neighborhood because a huge number of crabs crossed you.

While the view is spectacular, it is not new to residents.

During the move, Christmas Island National Park staff will protect the crabs by directing traffic and sweeping them out of the way. (Parks Australia)
The “Crab Bridge” is built to help their migration. (Parks Australia)

Acting at Christmas Island National Park Director Bianca Priest said this magnificent nature event is held on Christmas Island every year.

“World-renowned naturalist Sir David Attenborough described the red crab trek as a“ lovely faded red curtain moving down the cliffs and rocks towards the sea ”and considered filming the spectacle one of its 10 biggest TV moments,” he said.

“Over the years, visitors have traveled all over the world to witness this wildlife phenomenon.”

Obstacles have also been erected to prevent crabs from spilling onto the road.
Obstacles have also been erected to prevent crabs from spilling onto the road. (Parks Australia)

The migration begins with the first rains of the rainy season – usually in October-November. Males start betting, and with them along the way females of the species, Parks Australia says.

Once on the seashore, crabs are watered to replenish moisture.

Then education begins.

After mating, the male crabs swim a second time before heading back to the jungle.

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Females remain in the pits.

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