, 2022-12-12 23:37:36,
December 13, 2022
Image credit: Kylie Chatfield
It’s that time of year, when baby red crabs make a dash for safety and become the meal of many a voracious predator on Christmas Island.
It’s one of the greatest shows on Earth and finally the wait is over. The curtains have been raised on Christmas Island’s annual red crab migration, with the first of this season’s babies returning to shore.
Christmas Island, an Australian territory 2600km north-west of Perth, is home to the world’s only known red crab migration, an annual event that naturalist Sir David Attenborough described as ”one of the most spectacular migrations he’s ever seen” and “one of his greatest ever TV moments”.
Locals, Kylie Chatfield and Karenn Singer travelled to Greta Beach (yesterday), on the eastern side of the island, for some sunrise photography. But, to their delight, there was an extra shade of blush covering the cliffs.
“It was just phenomenal,” says Kylie, a science teacher on the island. “To witness the flurry of a billion baby crabs heading in from the sea to the jungle, trying to avoid the influx of eels and other crab species wanting to gorge on them – it was an epic sight. The ghost crabs that normally scuttle swiftly…
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