Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Annual Red Crab Migration

At the beginning of the wet season (usually October / November), most adult red crabs suddenly begin a spectacular migration from the forest to the coast to breed. Breeding is usually synchronized island-wide. The rains provide moist overcast conditions for crabs to make their long and difficult journey to the sea.
During peak migration times, sections of roads where crabs cross in high numbers may be closed to vehicles for short periods of time. You can park your vehicle and carefully walk amongst the moving sea of crabs as they relentlessly make their way to and from the shore.
The easiest places to watch the crab migration and the females spawn are at Drum site, Flying Fish Cove, Ethel Beach and Greta Beach.
Updates on public notice boards and local radio give crab movements during the migration.

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