Beware! Crab Crossing Ahead!

Posted on January 28, 2017 by Liesl Ulrich-Verderber

Once a year on a tiny island in the Indian Ocean something amazing happens!

Roads are closed and tourists flock as one of nature’s most spectacular migrations begins. Behold, the Christmas Island red crab migration.

This time on Saturdays Around the World, we head to the epicenter of this force of nature for a closer look!

Image: Millions of crabs trying to cross the road during the Christmas Island red crab migration
Source: frogtrail images // Flickr

Around November or December, millions of Christmas Islands red crabs make their way out of their rainforest homes and head on a slow but steady march to the sea.

This remarkably well-timed pilgrimage is a sight to behold and truly an unbelievable force of nature!

For our first look at this wonder we turn to Great Big Story.

Now that we have been introduced to these millions of remarkable creatures, I want to share with you a lovely video from the Christmas Island Tourism association.

I really like this video because it gives a broader perspective on how the island copes with the migration of its crustacean neighbors and looks at the creature’s lifecycle in a little more depth. Not to mention, they feature a dance performed by the female crabs that is not to be missed!

So, what happens after those millions and millions of eggs are sent off into the sea? That is a very good questions, and the answer is perhaps more spectacular in scale than the journey their parents made.

Check it out!

Finally, I thought since they keep mentioning the crab bridge but never really showed it in great detail, I would share this little gem with you.

This is a great example of how nature is constantly reminding us of who is really in charge on this planet.

Via: AJ+ 4

Humor, wonder, and nature are three of my favorite forces on this planet. Certainly the migration of the Christmas Island red crab brings together all three.

Nature can be baffling and fascinating, but it is certainly never boring. If ever we need a reminder of how amazing this world is we need to look no further than the species that also call this planet home.

Stay beautiful & keep laughing!

-Liesl

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