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This festive season, adventure photographers Chris and Jess Bray spent Christmas on Christmas Island and found a whole new way to celebrate…
Swapping the festive family feast for something a little less frenzied, my wife Jess and I decided we’d spend Christmas on Christmas Island last year. More than just a corny cliché, our holiday hideaway, decorated with the largest return of baby red crabs ever seen, turned out to be both remarkably refreshing and utterly unforgettable:
Growing up sailing around the world, I first visited this tropical paradise as a seven-year-old kid in 1990. Memories of snorkeling in crystal-clear water,...
Scuba diver and underwater photographer Kat Spruth visited Christmas Island for the first time recently and was lucky enough to visit just as the baby crabs started their journey from the ocean back to their rainforest home. We asked her what the experience was like.
What inspired you to visit Christmas Island?
It was a combination of a who (David Attenborough) and a what (the crabs), as viewed through the lens of whichever nature BBC documentary he was narrating at the time. I ate up nature documentaries up as a kid – and I’m as passionate about animals today as I was back then....
This Christmas, Christmas Island has experienced one of the largest red crab migration events that the locals have ever seen. A long rainy wet season set the crabs off to an early start, spawning in November, and over the past several weeks, the baby crabs have been returning in quantities never before seen.
So… what’s it like to live with all this going on all around you? We asked local teenager Rochelle Lessing, who has lived on the island for three years. Rochelle is 16 years old, turning 17, just like the year itself - and was born on the east coast of...
This year’s red crab migration has come a bit earlier than in the previous few years after heavy rainfall set them on their merry way to the sea. We asked Rob Muller, Chief Ranger Christmas Island National Park, if there were any special preparations required – and if there was anything different about this year’s migration.
CI: Is there is anything unusual about this year's migration?
RM: With the continuous rain the island has experienced this year the crabs have had an extended period of time to get their reproductive stages underway (migrating, mating and spawning). There are three occasions in...
A climax has been reached for Christmas Island’s crabs as the final day of spawning kicked off this morning just before dawn.
Female crabs were seen in their millions, carpeting the cliffs and beaches of he island as they each tentatively tiptoed into the water and shook off their large sacks of eggs into the outgoing tide.
Island residents and some very happy visitors got up bright and early to watch the spectacle and they were not disappointed.
The first few female crabs shimmied off their egg sacks on Tuesday morning, followed by a considerably larger group on Wednesday, and the...
The annual red crab migration featured on Canadian TV recently, sparking a flurry of new likes for our Facebook page from that part of the world. The segment featured on Canada's Daily Planet and highlighted the impact these creatures have on island life for a few weeks each year.Christmas Island is home to roughly 50 million red crabs, in fact they outnumber humans 300,000 to one. Their annual migration to the sea to spawn takes place each year during the rainy season, between October and January, and it needs very special conditions. The crabs will not make it to the sea without...
TV personality, veterinarian and animal lover Dr Chris Brown visited Christmas Island recently to check out our unique wildlife for some upcoming episodes of The Living Room. You'll be able to watch Chris's adventures this Friday, 3rd April at 7.30pm on Network 10.Chris was lucky enough during his visit to witness the red crab migration and this year's spawning event while he was here, an event that Sir David Attenborough has described as one of the world's great wonders.
Chris was up before dawn with the rest of the island's residents, along with visitors from all over the world, to see the...
This year we have been lucky enough to experience another successful red crab migration, with the biggest return of babies seen in a long time. And we’d like to say THANKS – to everyone who helped to keep our crabs safe.
Thank-you to our National Parks team for the hard work involved, managing the crab barriers, tunnels and bridges, to divert crabs away from traffic.
Thank-you to the Australian Federal Police for supporting parks traffic management and thank-you to the Shire of Christmas Island for enabling roads to be managed by park staff.
And most of all, thank-you to the...
It’s one of the world’s great animal migrations. The journey made by Christmas Island’s red crabs from the rainforest to the ocean’s edge for their annual breeding migration is a spectacular event, and the mass spawning (release of eggs into the sea) by millions of female crabs, the highlight.
Although it is difficult to predict exactly what nature will do each year, it is reasonably well understood that females spawn on an outgoing morning tide during the last quarter of the moon.
Now that the crabs have begun their migration it is expected that the spawning dates for 2014 will be...
Following some decent rainfall, the 2014 red crab migration has now started, with our 40million crabs now making their slow way to the sea.
Gradually more and more roads are being closed, and the signs are out to warn drivers to
take care – slow down and drive around.
And visitors have started arriving from all over the world to witness this amazing event.Some from as far away as Mexico!
The BBC have a film crew here and they are already excitedly been tweeting photos of theirexperience here.
This first stage, the main downward migration, is well underway, with male...