Crab Island

 

Location of Christmas Island
Location of Christmas Island

Christmas Island rainforest
Christmas Island rainforest

Red crab
Red crab

Red crabs begin their march from the forest to the sea, where they will reproduce
Red crabs begin their march from the forest to the sea, where they will reproduce

During the migration, the island's human inhabitants just have to adapt
During the migration, the island's human inhabitants just have to adapt

There are around 120 million crabs on the march
There are around 120 million crabs on the march

The crabs navigate the same pathways year after year
The crabs navigate the same pathways year after year

For the islanders, encounters with crabs during the migration are just part of island life
For the islanders, encounters with crabs during the migration are just part of island life

Most of the time we just work around the crabs and take them for granted
Most of the time we just work around the crabs and take them for granted

Red crabs are scavengers
Red crabs are scavengers

After two weeks of marching, the first wave of crabs reaches the ocean
After two weeks of marching, the first wave of crabs reaches the ocean

The weary travellers dip in the ocean to replace body fluids and salts
The weary travellers dip in the ocean to replace body fluids and salts

The weary travellers dip in the ocean to replace body fluids and salts
The weary travellers dip in the ocean to replace body fluids and salts

Aerial view of Christmas Island
Aerial view of Christmas Island

Crabs pop up in the most unexpected places
Crabs pop up in the most unexpected places

A female crab expels eggs from her brood pouch
A female crab expels eggs from her brood pouch

The eggs hatch immediately on contact with the water
The eggs hatch immediately on contact with the water

Baby crabs navigate their way into the rainforest ... and the ants
Baby crabs navigate their way into the rainforest ... and the ants

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