Newly hatched crabs swarm over Christmas Island

They follow the same routes every year

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Newly-spawned crabs have taken over Christmas Island as they make their way to the mainland.

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The crabs are a well known part of life on Christmas Island.

According to Christmas.net the crab's migration can last up to 18 days and they follow the same routes year after year.

It's a treacherous journey. If the tiny crabs are caught in exposed areas then they could fall prey to the heat, losing body water and dying.

While the island is an Australian territory, it's closer to Indonesia, situated just to the south of Java.

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