As the first drops of the rainy season fall, Christmas Island crabs know it’s time: trekking across the island can begin. Men lead the way, women follow.
50 million crabs
According to the Australian government, 50 million red crabs live on the island in the Indian Ocean. This is the only place where animals live.
The local government does its best every year to make the movement of the crabs as smooth as possible. Roads are usually closed in October or November when migration begins. As the animals cross the road, the roads of Christmas Island turn red as shown in this video:
According to Parks Australia, The crab migration responsible for managing wildlife reserves in Australia is “one of the greatest natural phenomena on earth”. Every year, tourists flock to see the island.
Bridges and tunnels
Residents of Christmas Island have been told by radio about the roads being closed due to the crossing of crabs. As long as this is done carefully, anyone who wants to can walk between the crabs.
In some turbulent places, animals are helped in a special way. Bridges and tunnels have been built on the island so that the crabs can cross safely and continue to be transported.
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