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Google Street View captures millions of migrating crabs on Christmas Island

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The red crabs of Christmas Island partake in a spectacular, millions-strong migration in December each year
The red crabs of Christmas Island partake in a spectacular, millions-strong migration in December each year
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More than 45 million red crabs emerge from the forest on Christmas Island and head down to the coast, where they lay their eggs in the sand each year
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More than 45 million red crabs emerge from the forest on Christmas Island and head down to the coast, where they lay their eggs in the sand each year
Google's Street View cameras have been deployed on Australia's Christmas Island, where they will capture the millions of crabs that famously migrate from the forest to the sea in December each year
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Google's Street View cameras have been deployed on Australia's Christmas Island, where they will capture the millions of crabs that famously migrate from the forest to the sea in December each year
With tens of millions of crabs scurrying about, fences and walls have been installed on Christmas Island to offer them safe passage, free the threat of potentially crushing human feet
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With tens of millions of crabs scurrying about, fences and walls have been installed on Christmas Island to offer them safe passage, free the threat of potentially crushing human feet
From the comfort of our own homes Google Street View can give us a look at some of nature's most spectacular sights
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From the comfort of our own homes Google Street View can give us a look at some of nature's most spectacular sights
Alasdair Grigg from Parks Australia will be on hand with the Street View camera rig to film all this year's red crab migration across Christmas Island
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Alasdair Grigg from Parks Australia will be on hand with the Street View camera rig to film all this year's red crab migration across Christmas Island
The red crabs of Christmas Island partake in a spectacular, millions-strong migration in December each year
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The red crabs of Christmas Island partake in a spectacular, millions-strong migration in December each year
With tens of millions of crabs scurrying about, fences and walls have been installed on Christmas Island to offer them safe passage, free the threat of potentially crushing human feet
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With tens of millions of crabs scurrying about, fences and walls have been installed on Christmas Island to offer them safe passage, free the threat of potentially crushing human feet
Google's Street View cameras have been deployed on Australia's Christmas Island, where they will capture the millions of crabs that famously migrate from the forest to the sea in December each year
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Google's Street View cameras have been deployed on Australia's Christmas Island, where they will capture the millions of crabs that famously migrate from the forest to the sea in December each year
From the comfort of our own homes Google Street View can give us a look at some of nature's most spectacular sights
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From the comfort of our own homes Google Street View can give us a look at some of nature's most spectacular sights
The red crabs of Christmas Island partake in a spectacular, millions-strong migration in December each year
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The red crabs of Christmas Island partake in a spectacular, millions-strong migration in December each year
More than 45 million red crabs emerge from the forest on Christmas Island and head down to the coast, where they lay their eggs in the sand each year
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More than 45 million red crabs emerge from the forest on Christmas Island and head down to the coast, where they lay their eggs in the sand each year
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From the comfort of our own homes, Google Street View can give us a look at some of nature's most spectacular sights, with everywhere from the Himalayas to the Amazon now just a few clicks away. The internet giant's cameras have now been deployed on Australia's Christmas Island, where they will capture the millions of crabs that famously migrate from the forest to the sea in December each year.

The red crabs of Christmas Island off the north-west coast of Australia spend almost the entire year tucked away in burrows beneath its damp forests to protect their bodies from the moisture and the harsh sunlight. But once a year, when conditions such as the rain and moon cycles are just right, they make their move.

Google's Street View cameras have been deployed on Australia's Christmas Island, where they will capture the millions of crabs that famously migrate from the forest to the sea in December each year
Google's Street View cameras have been deployed on Australia's Christmas Island, where they will capture the millions of crabs that famously migrate from the forest to the sea in December each year

More than 45 million red crabs emerge from the forest and head down to the coast, where they lay their eggs in the sand. And this time around, Alasdair Grigg from Parks Australia will be on hand with the Street View camera rig to film all the action.

The migration takes about a week, and with tens of millions of crabs scurrying about, fences and walls have been installed to offer them safe passage, free from the threat of potentially crushing human feet. The journey is forecasted to end on December 13, and Google says the imagery will be available through Street View in early 2018.

Source: Google

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