Swarm of Zombie Crabs Hit Beach in the Millions After Huge Breeding Boom

The population boom has seen a beach totally dominated by shellfish, with the breeding season arriving earlier this year, according to locals in Cuba’s Bay of Pigs.

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Cuba: Millions of crabs around the Bay of Pigs migrate to the sea

A swarm of zombie crabs has taken over a beach by the millions after a huge breeding boom.

The population boom has seen a beach totally dominated by shellfish, with the breeding season arriving earlier this year, according to locals in Cuba’s Bay of Pigs.

During two years of coronavirus shutdowns, the crabs are said to have multiplied in number and grown massively due to reduced traffic and attendance – allowing them to roam freely and in peace.

The arrival of beach crabs delights each spring when the island’s rains begin – seeing millions of red, yellow and black creatures emerge from the forest at dawn and dusk.

Incredible scenes see the females making the journey out to sea to release their eggs into the sea.

Normally, thousands of crabs would be crushed by cars before reaching the ocean.

Angel Iraola, 46, who runs a parking lot on the crab-infested road to the bay, says: “There was very little traffic and very little tourism.

“There are more crabs now than there have been for many years.”







Migratory crabs climb a wall walking from the forest to cross the road and down to the bay to spawn in the sea
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Reinaldo Santana Aguilar, a scientist with the Cuban Ministry of the Environment, added: “We observed that the migrations had an unusually high density of crabs.

“It’s very likely that the crab populations have recovered and that’s why there’s such a strong migration now.”

The “zombie” breed of crab gets its name from the fact that it harbors the organism of two species of flies that obtain nutrients and shelter.







Giordanis Duran uses a mop and a branch to move migratory crabs walking from the forest across the road
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Migratory crabs climb a wall towards the sea
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Giordanis Duran, 43, was surprised by the large number of crabs this year but came prepared, reports The sun.

With a Giordanis mop, he brushed the crabs from the road in front of his car as his family headed for the coast

He said, “We use the mop to scare the crabs away so we don’t kill them. They are animals.

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