Millions of red flame crabs begin yearly migration on Australia’s Christmas Island

 Daniel Keane 4 hrs agoLike|4Afghan girls football team arrive in UKIraq to evacuate migrants stranded at Belarus-Poland borderMigrating red crab are seen on a road on Christmas Island, Australia© via REUTERS Migrating red crab are seen on a road on Christmas Island, Australia

Millions of flame red crabs have begun their annual migration from the forest of Australia’s Christmas Island towards the ocean.

Footage captures the red crabs descending on roads and bridges on the small island in the country’s northwest.

The journey, considered to be one of the largest migrations on the planet, involves some 50 million crabs. It begins with the first rains of the wet season in October and November.

The crustaceans march towards the ocean near the island’s national park to mate and spawn, also moving through residential areas on their journey. After reaching the sea, the crabs take a dip in the water to replenish their moisture before breeding season begins.

🎅🦀 Merry Crabsmas 🦀🎅

The #crabcollab that 2021 has been waiting for: Christmas Island red crabs x Crab Rave 🎉.

Migration season means crabs are raving all over the island 🏝️, from the heaving #crabbridge 🦀🌉 to the roads.

📹 Chris Bray

🎵 @NoisestormMusic & @Monstercat— Parks Australia (@Parks_Australia) November 9, 2021

In photos and footage shared by Parks Australia, who manage the country’s six national parks, the crabs can be seen amassing outside an office.

“With red crab migration in full swing on Christmas Island, the crabs are turning up everywhere, including at the door of an office block! Our staff have been out managing traffic, raking crabs off roads and providing updates to the community on road closures,” the tweet said.

Staff on the island spent several months preparing for the migration, building crab bridges and temporary barriers to aid the crustaceans on their journey.

The timing of the migration is determined by the phase of the moon. This month, the crabs are predicted to spawn on the 29th or 30th.Roads have been closed on Christmas Island (via REUTERS)© Provided by Evening Standard Roads have been closed on Christmas Island (via REUTERS)

Bianca Priest, the acting manager of Christmas Island, said: “Christmas Island National Park staff put up kilometres of temporary barriers, erect signs and close roads across the island to protect millions of crabs leaving their forest homes for the coast.

“Over the years visitors have travelled from every corner of the world to witness this wildlife phenomenon.”

Tourists on the island are encouraged to park their cars and walk carefully among the sea of crabs. The creatures are harmless despite their size and appearance.

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