Thousands of tiny red, yellow and black crabs storm Cuba’s Bay of Pigs

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Cuba’s Bay of Pigs has been invaded by millions of red, yellow and black land crabs this year. (Alexandre Meneghini / Reuters)

Cuba’s Bay of Pigs has been invaded by millions of red, yellow and black land crabs this year. (Alexandre Meneghini / Reuters)

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Crabs coming from the surrounding forests gather near the sea to spawn in Playa Giron, Cuba. (Alexandre Meneghini / Reuters)

Crabs coming from the surrounding forests gather near the sea to spawn in Playa Giron, Cuba. (Alexandre Meneghini / Reuters)

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Each year, after the first spring rains, the crabs march for days from the surrounding forests to the bay on Cuba’s southern coast to spawn in the sea, wreaking havoc along the way. (Alexandre Meneghini / Reuters)

Each year, after the first spring rains, the crabs march for days from the surrounding forests to the bay on Cuba’s southern coast to spawn in the sea, wreaking havoc along the way. (Alexandre Meneghini / Reuters)

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A tourist takes a photograph of a crab coming from the surrounding forests. (Alexandre Meneghini / Reuters)

A tourist takes a photograph of a crab coming from the surrounding forests. (Alexandre Meneghini / Reuters)

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At the Bay of Pigs, the adult crabs return to their forest burrows after releasing clouds of eggs and are joined a couple of months later by the baby crabs which hatched at sea. (Alexandre Meneghini / REUTERS)

At the Bay of Pigs, the adult crabs return to their forest burrows after releasing clouds of eggs and are joined a couple of months later by the baby crabs which hatched at sea. (Alexandre Meneghini / REUTERS)

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Crabs coming from the surrounding forests climb a food hut. (Alexandre Meneghini / Reuters)

Crabs coming from the surrounding forests climb a food hut. (Alexandre Meneghini / Reuters)

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Crabs coming from the sea in Playa Giron, Cuba. (Alexandre Meneghini / Reuters)

Crabs coming from the sea in Playa Giron, Cuba. (Alexandre Meneghini / Reuters)

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The Bay of Pigs with its deep sinkholes, coral reefs and turquoise waters, the bay is known as one of Cuba’s best spots for diving. (Alexandre Meneghini / Reuters)

The Bay of Pigs with its deep sinkholes, coral reefs and turquoise waters, the bay is known as one of Cuba’s best spots for diving. (Alexandre Meneghini / Reuters)

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A tourist steps near a crab about to spawn in the sea. (Alexandre Meneghini / Reuters)

A tourist steps near a crab about to spawn in the sea. (Alexandre Meneghini / Reuters)

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Crab migrations occur in other parts of Cuba at the same time of the year, as well as in some other special ecosystems. (Alexandre Meneghini / Reuters)

Crab migrations occur in other parts of Cuba at the same time of the year, as well as in some other special ecosystems. (Alexandre Meneghini / Reuters)

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A crab that came from the surrounding forests spawns in the sea in Playa Giron. (Alexandre Meneghini / Reuters)

A crab that came from the surrounding forests spawns in the sea in Playa Giron. (Alexandre Meneghini / Reuters)

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