Spectacular natural phenomenon: the Crabs are blocking the roads on the tropical island

Millions of krabbers migration on Christmas Island is in the years been delayed by the lack of rain in the area. A crimson wave of tens of millions of crabs w

Spectacular natural phenomenon: the Crabs are blocking the roads on the tropical island

Millions of krabbers migration on Christmas Island is in the years been delayed by the lack of rain in the area.

A crimson wave of tens of millions of crabs wash these days over Christmas Island in The Indian Ocean.

This writes the news agency dpa.

Each year, the marching crabs from the jungle to the coast of the island to find a mate to mate with and lay eggs. There are estimated to live between 60 and 80 million crabs on the island.

Usually begins the migration in november, when the rainy season usually begin. But this year is the march first started in december because of the lack of rain in the area.

It was a late start this year because we haven't got the precipitation, which is necessary in order that the crabs can start their migration, " says Jahna Luke from the local tourism organisation for the dpa.

a Few millimeters of rain finally fell in the beginning of december, which was the first crab to leave their home in the jungle and move towards the coast to spawn.

When the crabs begin their journey across the island closed the roads to allow space for the crabs. It writes the news agency Reuters.

The parkbetjente, as running on the roads of the period, which usually lasts until april, has plastikplader excited in front of the vehicle wheels for gentle to be able to push the crabs to the side.

The 116 millimeter wide, red crabs are only found on Christmas Island and the nearby Cocos islands, where they live in the jordbunker and klippesprækker in the rainforest.

According to the researchers are the rain forests and the islands 'ecosystem' a product of it, as the crabs have done for millions of years".

It tells Peter Green, who is the head of the ecological department at La Trobe University in Australia, to the dpa.

- There are not many other animals in the world, who single-handedly has so great an influence on an ecosystem, he says.

Christmas Island is an overseas australian territory with a population of just 1300 people.

/ritzau/

Updated Date: 21 December 2019, 05:00

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