Kingdom of the Crabs

Australia, 1988

Film
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Christmas Island is home to one of the greatest but least known spectacles in the animal kingdom: the annual breeding rites of the Red Land Crabs. Every year, just before Christmas, an incredible 132 million of them emerge from the jungle, surging across roads and the railway tracks. Inhabitants find crabs in their kitchens, their wardrobes, in fact just about everywhere. It is a perilous journey for the crabs which must be repeated in reverse a month later, as once the business of breeding is over, they trek back to the forest where they remain unnoticed for the rest of the year.

Credits

co-director

Jan Aldenhoven

Glen Carruthers

production company

BBC-TV

Language

English

Duration

00:30:00:00

Colour

Colour

Production places
Australia
Production dates
1988

Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

35962

Subject categories

Animals & Wildlife → Animals

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Christmas Island (Indian Ocean)

Climate, Environment, Natural Resources & Disasters → Natural history

Documentary

Documentary → Documentary films - Australia

Places → Christmas Island (Indian Ocean)

Short films

Short films → Short films - Australia

Sound/audio

Sound

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

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