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Offbeat Watch Christmas Island’s Annual Crab Migration on Google Street View

15:36  09 december  2017
15:36  09 december  2017 Source:   mentalfloss.com

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The migration starts during the fall, and the number of crabs on the beach often peaks in December. This year, you don’t have to be on Christmas Island to witness the spectacular crustacean event, as New Atlas reports. You can see it on Google Street View .

This week, Street View is venturing to Christmas Island , a remote Australian territory in the Indian Ocean, to join more than 45 million local residents for their annual trip from the forests to seas. Christmas Island ’ s famous, endemic red crabs have begun their once-a-year migration .

a group of people on a beach: Watch Christmas Island’s Annual Crab Migration on Google Street View© Google Watch Christmas Island’s Annual Crab Migration on Google Street View Every year, the 45 million or so red crabs on the remote Australian territory of Christmas Island migrate en masse from their forest burrows down to the ocean to mate, and so the female crabs can release their eggs into the sea to hatch. The migration starts during the fall, and the number of crabs on the beach often peaks in December. This year, you don’t have to be on Christmas Island to witness the spectacular crustacean event, as New Atlas reports. You can see it on Google Street View.

Watching the sheer density of crabs scuttling across roads, boardwalks, and beaches is a rare visual treat. According to the Google blog, this year’s crabtacular finale is forecasted for December 16, and Parks Australia crab expert Alasdair Grigg will be there with the Street View Trekker to capture it. That is likely to be the day when crab populations on the beaches will be at their peak, giving you the best view of the action.

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Christmas Island ' s annual crab migration is a beautiful natural wonder… but capturing it for Google Street View is a different matter altogether.

Ethel Beach on Christmas Island . Image by Google . Now Google have teamed up with Parks Australia to bring the incredible story of the Christmas Island crabs to virtual life. If you want to see the red crab migration for real, then getting to Christmas Island is of course possible.

Google Street View is already a repository for a number of armchair travel experiences. You can digitally explore remote locations in Antarctica, recreations of ancient cities, and even the International Space Station. You can essentially see the whole world without ever logging off your computer.

Sadly, because Street View isn’t live, you won’t be able to see the migration as it happens. The image collection won’t be available until sometime in early 2018. But it’ll be worth the wait, we promise. For a sneak preview, watch Parks Australia’s video of the 2012 event here.

[h/t New Atlas]

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