Once a year, Christmas Island gets to witness an amazing feat of nature – an estimated 50 million red crabs getting out from their burrows in the forest and walking down the road to get to the sea for spawning season. After these crabs mate and unload their eggs into the sea, they walk back to their homes in the forest.
Millions of crabs crossing the road
Baby crabs in the sea…
Baby crabs returning from the sea…
What’s even more amazing is how the folks in the island prepare for the migration. You see, the safety of these red crabs is actually a big deal for people in Christmas Island. They’ve seen how human traffic can harm the crabs walking down the road. So before the migration starts, they take measures to make sure that the crabs get to their destination safely. This year, the Christmas Island National Park took care of 20 kilometers of barriers, 31 underpasses and 1 bridge to get ready for the great crab migration.
According to Rob Muller, Chief Ranger of Christmas Island National Park, “Rangers begin preparing for the migration around the beginning of August when the dry season is well under way and there is time to complete the work before the wet season rain comes. We try to have everything in place by mid October. That way we’re ready if the crabs decide to start migrating with the first decent rain, which can be in October, though it is more common that rain comes from November on.”
Putting up the 20 km permanent barrier.
The permanent fence leads to an underpass.
Rangers clean out the underpasses of dirts, leaves and vegetation that accumulated since the last migration
A Bobcat loader is used to remove the built up dirt and clear the entrances to the underpass.
Roads are closed to let crabs walk safely…
Bridge for crabs…
“The main way we try to protect crabs during the migration is to stop them being squashed by vehicles on the roads. But they still need to be able to cross roads to get to the sea. The best way to do this is to close the roads, but this is impractical for some of the main roads that go through the national park. So on the roads that are kept open we put up special fences to act as a barrier to keep the crabs off the road. But then we still need to let the crabs get across the road so we have installed underpasses in the roads that the crabs use to get to the other side.”
Right now, the people at Christmas Island are eagerly waiting for the start of the migration. You can check out their Facebook page for updates.
Two Pit Bulls Savagely Attacked a Middle-aged Man in the Bronx
Two pit bulls suddenly attacked this middle-aged man in the streets of New York.
Dogs are generally loving and kind. Being a dog lover myself and having friends who care for these loyal pets, I know that it’s the owners who influence these dogs' behaviors. Like any other human being, none of us---and none of them are born bad or evil.
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In this shocking footage taken by a woman in an apartment overlooking the Belmont neighborhood in the Bronx, two angry pit bulls savagely attacked a 62-year-old man who was off to church.
Apparently, the dogs came off their leash and suddenly lunged at the poor man.
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Imagine listening to the gentle sound of waves lapping on the shore coupled with organ music – yup, that’s the Sea Organ.
Have you ever listened to the crashing of waves on the shore and felt it lull you to sleep? You're not alone.
Now, imagine that relaxing melody being coupled with organ music, and what do you get? No, it's not something you can only enjoy in your dreams - there is actually an organ that turns the rhythm of waves into music.
Located in Croatia, the Sea Organ, or Morske Orgujle, was constructed by renowned architect Nikola Basic in 2005. Stretching over 230 feet long, narrow crevices are carved in the stone steps on the coast, leading to organ pipes. When the waves gently lap onto the steps, it pushes the air through the pipes, producing clear, albeit a tad bit haunting, music.
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Do you often bite your nails? Don’t. Or these gruesome things can happen to you…
Nail biting is a disgusting habit. Unfortunately, a lot of people are addicted to chewing their nails down to the bed, leading to all sorts of vile and unspeakable conditions too terrible to contemplate.
If you are one of those nervous, anxious people with a nail biting compulsion, or if simply enjoy the taste of your nails, here are 11 scary things that can happen if you continue with your fixation:
#1. You ingest germs, fungus, and yeast...
Imagine the verdant garden of microflora growing underneath your nails, and imagine transferring those spores into your mouth. One type of germ in particular, the Staphlococcus aureus, can cause oral boils and abscesses in your gums. Ew....