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Christmas Island Crabs

Christmas Island is a remote oceanic island which lies in Australian-owned territory, yet it lies closer to the Indonesian island of Java. It is rich with wildlife and is internationally famous for the spectacular annual migration of sixty million red land crabs, from the forest to the ocean to mate and spawn. At the first rains of the wet season (December) about 120 million crabs come out of hiding and start heading towards the ocean. That’s right, 120 million. To get there, they have to pass through town, across roads, through jungles and down a cliff. People find crabs all over their lawns, on their driveways and even in their houses. Trying to find chinese food near me tabelog ? Check out this page:

Christmas Island redefines the term “road kill” and takes it to another level. Although the island’s park service has erected barriers, stalled grids along many of the roads and even closes some roads in an effort to minimize the yearly carnage, it’s simply not enough. All these attempts since 1980 when concerted efforts were begun to protect as many crabs as possible seem pitifully inadequate when the numbers are tabulated. Estimates suggest that about 1% of the island’s crab population, or between 500,000 and one million crabs, annually end up as motor vehicle fatalities.

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