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Crabs invade Cuba’s Bay of Pigs

Apr 26, 2017 18:48 IST
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It’s the march to the infamous Bay of Pigs, undertaken by millions of crabs every year. After the first spring rains in Cuba, crabs are invading the Bay of Pigs, returning to the waters to reproduce. Jorge Luis Jimenez of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment says the crustaceans are determined to reach the water, where they dump their eggs into the sea. There, a new generation of crabs hatch. The young crabs will spend a few weeks in the water, before joining their parents on land in forest burrows. But that journey to and from the sea is a perilous one. And hungry birds take full advantage. But because of the sheer volume, the species survives, says Jimenez.