Watching the Red Crabs Fleeing

If you want to see this unique event, you can do traveling to the Christmas Island. But, hey, where are they going?

Red Crabs Migration

Red Crabs Migration

Every early rain season

In everyday life, these red crabs live in humid forest. Then, when early rainy season, there are about 100 millions of red crabs running out from the forest. This event we called as a “Migration”. And they are going to ocean. They will do traveling to reach the sea in about one week. Hmmm… why they flee to the sea?

These red crabs are fleeing to the sea because this is the time for them to lay eggs. Usually, the male crab will arrive first in the shore then the female crab will follow. It takes short time for female crabs from arrival to laying eggs. And each female crab will give about 100 thousands of eggs in this season.

When they were finishing this event, they will go back to the forest. Meanwhile, the eggs will flow to the sea, sea current brought them to the sea and they will grow to become larva in the sea.

Unfortunately, not every egg will crack to become the larva. But when they succeed to become larva, they will be the red crabs one and half months later. These crab’s child then will follow their parent to the forest.

Attractive for the tourist

This unique event is attracts many people to come to the Christmas Island. They want to see directly the season of crab migration. But, wait, you must walk carefully. There are so many crabs died trampled on or crushed by car tyre. That’s why in several areas which are used by crabs to walked over, always closed on migration season. So, these red crabs will walk over on their way safely.

If you want to see these red crabs fleeing, you can do traveling to the Christmas Island. This island located about 400 km south of Java Island and is a part of Australia.

Vocabulary

unique Unique means the single one of its kind, or radically distinctive and without equal.
event An event is something that happens at a given place and time
traveling Traveling is the act of going from one place to another
Christmas Island Christmas Island officially is an external territory of the Commonwealth of Australia located about 400 km south of Java Island.
red crab Red crab (Gecarcoidea natalis) is a species of land crab that is endemic to Christmas Island and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands in the Indian Ocean
humid Humid means containing or characterized by a great deal of water vapor.
forest A forest is a land that is covered with trees and shrubs.
early Early means at or near the beginning of a period of time or course of events or before the usual or expected time.
rainy season Rainy Season is one of the two seasons in tropical climates.
migration Migration is the movement of persons or animals from one country or locality to another
ocean Ocean is a large body of water constituting a principal part of the hydrosphere.
reach To reach means move forward or upward in order to touch; also in a metaphorical sense.
sea A sea is a division of an ocean or a large body of salt water partially enclosed by land.
flee Flee means run away quickly.
lay Lay means to put into a certain place or abstract location.
male Male is a person or animal who belongs to the sex that cannot have babies.
crab A crab is decapod having eyes on short stalks and a broad flattened carapace with a small abdomen folded under the thorax and pincers.
arrive To arrive means reach a destination; arrive by movement or progress.
shore A shore is the land along the edge of a body of water.
female Female is a person or animal who belongs to the sex that can have babies.
arrival Arrival means the act of arriving at a certain place.
season Season is a period of the year marked by special events or activities in some field.
flow Flow means move or progress freely as if in a stream.
current Current is a steady flow of a fluid (usually from natural causes).
larva A larva is the immature free-living form of most invertebrates and amphibians and fish which at hatching from the egg is fundamentally unlike its parent and must metamorphose.
crack Crack means become fractured; break or crack on the surface only.
attract Attract means direct toward itself or oneself by means of some psychological power or physical attributes.
directly Directly means without deviation, without anyone or anything intervening, without delay or hesitation; with no time intervening.
carefully Carefully means taking care or paying attention.
trampled Trample means walk on and flatten.
crushed Crushed means is broken or crumbled into small pieces, or crumpled so that it’s very wrinkled.
tyre Tyre is hoop that covers a wheel, a part of car or motorcycle.
Java Island Java island is an island lying between Sumatra and Bali, is a volcano-dotted island that’s at the geographic and economic center of Indonesia, and home to more than half its people.
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