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Christmas Island Crabs

Post by khintx on Sun Dec 19, 2010 11:24 am

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Post by Guest on Sun Dec 19, 2010 7:51 pm

Wow.. that was really interesting KH....

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" Estimates suggest that about 1% of the island’s crab population, or between 500,000 and one million crabs, annually end up as motor vehicle fatalities.

Thousands of black smudge marks, indicating where hits had taken place a couple of weeks before my arrival, could be seen on many of the roads – some marks being no more than a few feet apart and continuing in two parallel tire track lines for up to ¼ mile in some places. Even though I missed the height of this gruesome aspect of the great migration, enough stragglers were still marching on some of the roadways during my visit. Dodging and weaving as best I could at slow speed to avert further harm, there nevertheless were some areas where the sickening crunching sound of car tire meeting crab shell was unavoidable. It wouldn’t have been so disconcerting were it not for the fact that red crabs are big, ranging in comparable size from that of a chipmunk to that of a grey squirrel for some of the larger specimens. "

www.travel-images.com/article-christmas-island-red-crab-migration.html+chritmas+island+population+crabs+many+days+migration+take&cd=2&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=ca" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:D38I_Qh8ss0J:www.travel-images.com/article-christmas-island-red-crab-migration.html+chritmas+island+population+crabs+many+days+migration+take&cd=2&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=ca

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Cudnt a population of 1300 refrain from driving for a week??? Maybe bicycles wud be less damaging....

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Re: Christmas Island Crabs

Post by khintx on Sun Dec 19, 2010 8:21 pm

It's an incredible story, isn't it? kh
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Post by Julie on Sun Dec 19, 2010 10:22 pm

All I can say is.... Wow! awe

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Post by Piper on Mon Dec 20, 2010 8:45 am

100 million baby crabs ~ made me feel all itchy hehehe

It is truly amazing, nature......us humans always seem to be in the way!
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Re: Christmas Island Crabs

Post by Estee on Mon Dec 20, 2010 9:37 am

Anyone want to go into the Crab Bisque business???? Sure seems to me that someone would profit from this freak of nature...Crab cakes anyone??? Send Cindy and George there, perhaps the locals have a good "crab puff" recipe...
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Re: Christmas Island Crabs

Post by khintx on Mon Dec 20, 2010 9:51 am

As a longtime fan of the show "Dangerous Catch"- I did wonder why someone isn't down there scooping them up rather than throwing/hauling cages from a boat into the frozen arctic sea! kh
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Post by Piper on Mon Dec 20, 2010 10:13 am

It certainly makes you wonder, doesn't it?
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