Hermit Crabs, and then some

By Josh Saul 9 years agoNo Comments

Hermit Crab Migration

Hermit Crab Migration This morning I received an urgent telephone call from my good friend Pam Gaffin. She was terribly excited about an event that was happening before her eyes. Pam told me it was a migration of soldier crabs also called hermit crabs and there were millions and millions of them she likened it to the migrations of Serengeti.

The above is a video making the rounds on the internets showing a massive mating event in Concordia, St Johns, US Virgin Islands.  Despite being land crabs, they still require seawater to mate and lay eggs, so these huge events take place at least once a year and usually last several days to weeks.  A similar process occurs every November on Christmas Island, where the Red Crabs blanket the entire island twice as they first cross the island to mate, and then their newborns cross back over the island two weeks later.  If you grew up in the USA, you may have had one of these cool animals as a pet, so seeing them in such numbers is an incredible sight!  Thanks to Pam Gaffin for recording this great video.

  Events, Invertebrates

 Josh Saul

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Josh Saul is a technology consultant for large global banks. He has been involved in the aquarium hobby for 20 years and has been SCUBA diving for more than 30.

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