Male red crabs use a crab tunnel to get safely to the beach on Christmas Island

Male red crabs use a crab tunnel to get safely to the beach on Christmas Island

VIDEO (3:48) Each year 50 Million red land crabs migrate from the center of Christmas Island (Western Australia) to the sea to lay their eggs. Then they go back. A behind the scenes video of the preparation for this annual event. (2012)

VIDEO (3:48) Each year 50 Million red land crabs migrate from the center of Christmas Island (Western Australia) to the sea to lay their eggs. Then they go back. A behind the scenes video of the preparation for this annual event. (2012)

Christmas Island's famous red crabs (more than 100 million of them) take over the island every year when they travel to the ocean to lay their eggs.

11 Incredible Animal Migrations

Christmas Island's famous red crabs (more than 100 million of them) take over the island every year when they travel to the ocean to lay their eggs.

A Tiny Island. Millions of Crabs. Terrifyingly Awesome Photos. | Mother Jones

A Tiny Island. Millions of Crabs. Terrifyingly Awesome Photos. | Mother Jones

Australia€™'s Christmas Island crab migration

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Christmas Island’s Incredible Crab Migration | Travel + Leisure

Witness Christmas Island’s Incredible Crab Invasion

Christmas Island’s Incredible Crab Migration | Travel + Leisure

Witnessing this holiday spectacle is a must for nature-lovers visiting Australia's Christmas Island.

The island that’s always crabby at Christmas

Witnessing this holiday spectacle is a must for nature-lovers visiting Australia's Christmas Island.

Even walking around Christmas Island can be a challenge during the annual crab migration. The local radio station broadcasts special "crab bulletins" to alert islanders to the crabs’ latest movements and roads with the highest  numbers that may be closed as a result.

The island that’s always crabby at Christmas

Even walking around Christmas Island can be a challenge during the annual crab migration. The local radio station broadcasts special "crab bulletins" to alert islanders to the crabs’ latest movements and roads with the highest numbers that may be closed as a result.

The Red Crab Annual Migration in Christmas Island. Over 50 million adult red crabs suddenly start migrating from the forest to the coast to breed. This phenomenon can even be seen from the air.

The Red Crab Annual Migration in Christmas Island. Over 50 million adult red crabs suddenly start migrating from the forest to the coast to breed. This phenomenon can even be seen from the air.

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