A Red Crab Race To The Ocean! Christmas Island Blazes With The “Running Of The Red Crabs”!

It’s The “Running Of The Red Crabs!”

It’s that time of year again – one of nature’s most fascinating displays. As The Guardian reported:

“Tens of millions of red crabs migrate every year in Australia’s Christmas Island. They crawl across from the forest to the coast in a journey that starts with the first rainfall of the wet season.”

As you can see, they are expected: roads are closed so the crabs can cross specially built roads and bridges to the water.

What a sight!

Here is a video that captures it:

Always terrific reporting by The Guardian – it reminds me of a wild moment I had in Cabo:

It was a feeding frenzy – click on my story to find out why these fish were so hungry:

I also followed some sandpipers as they worked a beach on the California coast as well:

Check out more of the wildlife by clicking on my story here:

On a more humorous note – have you ever seen the “Running of the Rainiers?”

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13 replies

  1. Hi John, this is so interesting to watch. I don’t think I’d want to lie down among them, but walking would be okay.


  2. This is fascinating! How do they know? That’s the million dollar question for many animals. How does a spider know how to make a web, and how does a bird know how to make a nest?

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  3. This was new to me. The Running of the Rainiers made me think of the Sausage Races at Milwaukee Brewers’ baseball games. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQ_3uwAudwA

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  4. Animals have a different intelligence or instinct we can’t even begin to understand. The crabs don’t have much of a family life, but being abandoned doesn’t seem to stop the tough surviving babies succeeding on their path in life!

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  5. Wow! That is so cool! Thanks for sharing! 🙂


  6. I would so love to see this!


  7. The red crab migration was famously covered in a BBC nature documentary some years ago. It was amazing to see them indeed.

    Best wishes, Pete.

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