The Christmas ‘Crab’ Island

A territory of Australia in the Indian Ocean, ‘Christmas Island’ is located 2,600 kms northwest of the Western Australian city of Perth and 500 kms south of the Indonesian capital, Jakarta.

However, it is not the island’s geographic isolation or, bare-minimal human disturbance to its flora and fauna that makes this islet unique… It is…. the “Red Crab(s)” – the real masters of this outlet !!!

A photo-tour to the daily life of Christmas ‘Crab’ Island…………

Christmas Island rainforest

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

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

The eggs hatch immediately on contact with the water

Baby crabs navigate their way into the rainforest …

Hey ! No room for “intruders” in our land…………


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