Red Crab island



Christmas Island rainforest
 
red crab

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.
 
There are around 120 million crabs on the march
 
The crabs navigate the same pathways year after year
 
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
 
Red crabs are scavengers
 
 
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
 

Aerial view of Christmas Island
 
Crabs pop up in the most unexpected places
 
A female crab expels eggs from her brood pouch
 
The eggs hatch immediately on contact with the water
 
Baby crabs navigate their way into the rainforest ... and the ants
 

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