Christmas Island Crab Migration
The Christmas Island Red Crab is a land crab that is only found on Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean. Though they’re land crabs they spawn in the sea and undergo a mass migration to the water’s edge yearly. During this time the island is covered in a carpet of crabs- they’re all over the roads, trees, sidewalks- EVERYWHERE. Their journey is arduous and many of them die, either from being run over by cars or yellow crazy ants which shoot them in the face with formic acid and then eat them as they decay.
However, the people of Christmas Island are sensitive to the plight of the crabs, and rather than kill them off, they build tunnels and bridges to help them get across the island safely, and even close off certain roads to decrease fatalities. They’ve also undertaken baiting programs to kill some of the yellow crazy ant supercolonies, since they’re not native and wreak havoc on the islands wildlife.
They look like little angry tomatoes with legs
Christmas Island is the place where Australia sends asylum seekers for processing.
Seems like we take better care of the crabs.
This is the stuff of nightmares…