Offbeat Watch Christmas Island’s Annual Crab Migration on Google Street View

15:36  09 december  2017
15:36  09 december  2017 Source:   Mental Floss

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The migration starts during the fall, and the number of crabs on the beach often peaks in December. This year, you don’t have to be on Christmas Island to witness the spectacular crustacean event, as New Atlas reports. You can see it on Google Street View .

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a group of people on a beach: Watch Christmas Island’s Annual Crab Migration on Google Street View© Google Watch Christmas Island’s Annual Crab Migration on Google Street View Every year, the 45 million or so red crabs on the remote Australian territory of Christmas Island migrate en masse from their forest burrows down to the ocean to mate, and so the female crabs can release their eggs into the sea to hatch. The migration starts during the fall, and the number of crabs on the beach often peaks in December. This year, you don’t have to be on Christmas Island to witness the spectacular crustacean event, as New Atlas reports. You can see it on Google Street View.

Watching the sheer density of crabs scuttling across roads, boardwalks, and beaches is a rare visual treat. According to the Google blog, this year’s crabtacular finale is forecasted for December 16, and Parks Australia crab expert Alasdair Grigg will be there with the Street View Trekker to capture it. That is likely to be the day when crab populations on the beaches will be at their peak, giving you the best view of the action.

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The crab migration and the crab bridges have become a great tourist attraction. Source. Annual Red Crab Migration on Christmas Island Reviewed by Kaushik on Thursday It' s supposedly funny to watch policemen protect the crabs as there' s no crime there and this is their biggest job of the year!

The Christmas Island Red Crab Migration is a world famous event. Certain human activities have led to increased numbers of Red Crabs dying during their annual migration to the sea.

Google Street View is already a repository for a number of armchair travel experiences. You can digitally explore remote locations in Antarctica, recreations of ancient cities, and even the International Space Station. You can essentially see the whole world without ever logging off your computer.

Sadly, because Street View isn’t live, you won’t be able to see the migration as it happens. The image collection won’t be available until sometime in early 2018. But it’ll be worth the wait, we promise. For a sneak preview, watch Parks Australia’s video of the 2012 event here.

[h/t New Atlas]

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