• inge

      Congrats, you understand the basic food chain here! Red Crabs migrate to the sea in December, spawn a few billion eggs, Whale Sharks come and eat the plankton, i.e. the eggs. So I will have to come back to Xmas in December 😉

  1. Paul

    I’ve had the crab migration on my list of things to see since I was a child…..lucky you for getting there

    • inge

      Well the crab migration 2017 is forecast either for mid-November or Dec 13th-16th… something to do with the onset of the rainy season, moon phases and tides. So I am planning to return to Xmas in December. Either the majority of the crabs migrate in Nov and there will be lots of crab eggs and crab babies in December to feed the Whale Sharks. Or the majority migrates in December, which is a spectacle in itself. Either way will be great. Besides, it’s possible to fly to Cocos (Keeling) from Xmas.. diving there should be very different as it’s a coral atoll.

  2. Marion

    Nice roots of the Banyan!

    Is the first crab really a Coconut crab? How big was it? Did you see it climbing a palm tree or cracking a coconut?

    • inge

      Hi Marion,

      thank you! Yes it is a Coconut or Robber crab, as they are called on Xmas. While hiking to a waterfall we encountered 10 – 12 big ones all in one place, presumably hunting for fallen fruit. I did not see them climbing trees there, but they are able to do it – I saw one high on a metal ‘overpass’ or bridge which has been built to help divert the migrating red crabs from the road surface. I’ve been told they do not really crack coconuts, but strip off the outer layer of fibers and then penetrate the ‘eyes’ of the nut.

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