Huge baby red crab return for Christmas Island


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A female with eggs, surrounded by returning babies A female with eggs, surrounded by returning babies

There’s a baby boom on Christmas Island, with a record number of baby red crabs returning from the ocean this year.

It’s thought to be the biggest return in 25 years.

Millions, perhaps even billions, of babies emerged from the sea in January – forming a stunning moving carpet across beaches, up sea cliffs, over walls, along roads and into the rainforest.

Park staff work with the community to protect crabs migrating and returning Park staff work with the community to protect crabs migrating and returning

The return migration follows December’s adult crab migration, when the female red crabs released their eggs into the sea. The large number of crabs returning is most likely a result of a number of factors including good sea conditions such as currents, swell, winds and temperatures.

Every year Christmas Island National Park rangers work with the local community to keep the crabs safe and to clear a path for…

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Baby red crabs continue to return


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Baby red crabs on Dolly Beach Baby red crabs on Dolly Beach | Image credit Julie Graham

Baby red crabs on Dolly Beach | Image credit Julie Graham Oh, baby! Image credit Julie Graham

Baby red crabs on Dolly Beach | Image credit Julie Graham Baby red crabs on Dolly Beach | Image credit Julie Graham

Baby red crabs on Dolly Beach | Image credit Julie Graham Baby red crabs on Dolly Beach | Image credit Julie Graham

The  baby red crabs are still returning to Christmas Island – The Cove has been busy with bubs, as well as east coast beaches Dolly Beach, Greta Beach, Ethel Beach and the resort beach.

These fantastic images from Dolly Beach show the spectacular scenes.

The babies will make their way to the forest to mature. In three years they’ll be ready to take part in the migration themselves!

Mike, Christmas Island National Park

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