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(SOUNDBITE) (English) CHRISTMAS ISLAND NATIONAL PARK NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGER, BRENDAN TIERNAN, SAYING:”This year’s migration has just been absolutely epic. The roads have been a seething mass of red crabs.”Location: Christmas Island, AustraliaMillions of red crabs are emerging from the center of Christmas Islandfor their annual migration journey to the ocean”You get some very different reactions, some people were quite freaked out by the fact that they’re surrounded by millions of crawling arthropods, whereas other people are just emersed, basically do a little red crab angel, they’ll lie on ground and let themselves get covered in red crabs. It is really one of those things that you just can’t see anywhere else on the planet.” Male crabs journey back to the jungle after matingThe females stay behind in the burrows to lay eggsEach female crab can produce up to 100,000 eggswhich she will deposit into the ocean”It’s very exciting, it’s what Christmas Island’s all about. Christmas Island and the red crab, like sometimes we call it red crab island, the island’s community acknowledge just how important red crabs are to our ecosystem and to our economy, to tourism and just one of those really unique ecological phenomenon that don’t happen anywhere else in the world.”

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