Animal Egress

I find it difficult to explain why I find nature fascinating. What could be so beautiful about a lobster with a poisonous tail, an armadillo which is a strange shape or the platypus which could be called God’s idea of a practical joke.

I can’t explain adequately why sand and sun are ‘warmer’ than the stuff that cyber-punks live on. The joy of watching an animated ‘sloth’ bear, the sun-sinking over clouds or the spotting the Himalayas after days of waiting for it. These are tranquil excitements (if there is such a thing) and I would only ruin it if I were to attempt to describe them. 

One such ‘natural’ phenomena that I find thrilling, though, are mass animal migrations. The Red Crab migration and Wildebeest migration are two such.

Red Crabs are Christmas Island’s most conspicuous residents thanks to their orange-scarlet colour and the fact that are by far the largest of fourteen crab species on the island, each over a 116mm across. Interestingly, Red Crabs like flowers! As is the case with most migrations, red crabs too migrate to breed and they migrate to the sea.

Around October Red Crabs begin a spectacular migration. Like all crabs (and Cancerians) they have a loony tinge to them.  Migration is closely linked to the phases of the moon and the high tide. Take a look at these pictures of the Red Crab migration:

The other incredible migration is an African phenomen. Easily a great spectacle, close to two million zebra and Wildebeest migrate across the Serengiti (grassy plains) into Masai Mara which is now a game preserve. The Wildebeest also called the Gnu (remember fairy-tales?) is basically an antelope of sorts.


Its grunts for most part make it sound like a large croaking frog– the migration involves more than eight hundred miles of travel mostly by one particular kind of Wildebeest which sports a great long white beard. A marathon of old men, eh!

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