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At the beginning of the wet season on Christmas Island more than 150 million red crabs move from inland shelters to the shore for their annual breeding season. During this time, usually from October to November, the entire forest floor, and even the roads that run through it, are swathed in a sea of red in one of the most spectacular animal migrations in the world.

At the beginning of the wet season on Christmas Island more than 150 million red crabs move from inland shelters to the shore for their annual breeding season. During this time, usually from October to November, the entire forest floor, and even the roads that run through it, are swathed in a sea of red in one of the most spectacular animal migrations in the world.

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Christmas Island red crabs smother a tree. (Photo: James D. Morgan)

Christmas Island red crabs smother a tree. (Photo: James D. Morgan)

Red crab migration | Christmas Island National Park - crabs climb down cliff to reach the sea.

Red crab migration | Christmas Island National Park - crabs climb down cliff to reach the sea.

Kiritimati Island (Christmas Island), Kiribati Islands, Pacific Ocean | Is the largest coral atoll in the world. The Kiribati Line Islands are the world’s farthest forward time zone, welcoming a new day 14 hours before Greenwich Mean Time.

Kiritimati Island (Christmas Island), Kiribati Islands, Pacific Ocean | Is the largest coral atoll in the world. The Kiribati Line Islands are the world’s farthest forward time zone, welcoming a new day 14 hours before Greenwich Mean Time.

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Christmas Island- during their crab spawning season.  Thousands upon thousands of crabs!

Masses of Christmas Island Red Crabs Spawning on the Beach

Christmas Island- during their crab spawning season. Thousands upon thousands of crabs!

Kiritimati, or Christmas Island, in the Kiribati Line Islands is the largest coral atoll in the world. It is larger than the Mediterranean island of Malta. The Kiribati Line Islands are the world’s farthest forward time zone, welcoming a new day 14 hours before Greenwich Mean Time.

Kiritimati, or Christmas Island, in the Kiribati Line Islands is the largest coral atoll in the world. It is larger than the Mediterranean island of Malta. The Kiribati Line Islands are the world’s farthest forward time zone, welcoming a new day 14 hours before Greenwich Mean Time.