Added by on 2012-09-19

Every year on the tiny isle of St John in the U.S. Virgin Islands a bizarre phenomenon occurs when hundreds of thousands of Hermit crabs, also known as Soldier crabs, make the treacherous journey towards the sea.

Video by Steve Simonsen:

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. I didn’t need to hear anymore, I loaded my car with cameras and was out the door. Pam told me that this began this morning at sunrise at Nanny point near Concordia. I have heard about this migration for years and knew that it occurred in August, I can’t tell you how happy I am that Pam called. Pam you’re my hero.

Every year on the tiny isle of St John in the U.S. Virgin Islands a bizarre phenomenon occurs when hundreds of thousands of Hermit crabs, also known as Soldier crabs, make the treacherous journey towards the sea.

They all travel en-mass at the same time to reach the water where they breed. The female crabs then cast their fertilised eggs into the Caribbean before retreating back into the vegetation.

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