Dry weather hampers mass Christmas Island crab migration

February 19, 2024

Unusually dry weather has delayed the annual migration of millions of Christmas Island red crabs from the island's interior to the sea where they mate. There are over 100 million red crabs on Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean, much of which is designated as a national park. Authorities say "exceptionally dry" conditions have put a dampener on this season's migration, where the mass of red crabs usually blocks off traffic in a normal year. The migration sees the crabs journey from the interior of the island to the ocean, where they mate. The females then stay behind in burrows near the ocean to hatch their eggs and the males return inland.

The source of this news is from Tuoi Tre News

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