On Australia’s Christmas Island, just south of Indonesia, around 40 to 50 million red crabs migrate through the island every year due to changes in climate and resource availability.
They also migrate to breed and release eggs, usually between the months of October and November, though on this occasion it has happened a little later than usual.
Google teamed up with Alasdair Grigg from Parks Australia to film Street View imagery of the red swarm, which is expected to be released in early 2018.
Very few people get to witness the event, so Google decided to bring you right to the island from your phones using the Google Maps app.
— Google (@Google) December 7, 2017
Grigg used the Street View Trekker 360 camera to capture the images from the annual exodus, and it’ll be down the pathways these crabs take to the shore.
“Christmas Island is not on the radar of most travellers … We hope people can get a taste of the magnificent nature and the red crab migration through the eyes of the Google Trekker. We also hope they are inspired to appreciate the world-class conservation values of the Island,” Grigg said in a statement.