And they’re off! The 2014 red crab migration starts.
Following some decent rainfall, the 2014 red crab migration has now started, with our 40
million crabs now making their slow way to the sea.
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 their
This first stage, the main downward migration, is well underway, with male crabs already
sighted taking a dip in the sea.
After they take a dip, the male crabs will dig a burrow somewhere close to shore and wait
for their female partners to join them.
The females brood their eggs for 12-13 days in these burrows before emerging to release
their eggs into the sea.
During this time the males take another dip in the sea before heading back to their
rainforest homes. So the roads are going to be very busy over the next couple of weeks.
Check out this video for more information about the red crab migration.