Monday, July 18, 2011

Why did the land crab cross the road?


Tom and I would sure like an answer to this question.  Seriously.  

After a fun day in Belize City enjoying the final Harry Potter film at the Princess Hotel & Casino, eating dinner at Tropicolada (which by the way has the BEST shrimp quesadillas in Belize) and stopping off at a supermarket to pick up some things we can't get in Belmopan, we started the hour long drive back home.  And just as we got to the cemetery on the road out of the city we hit our first crab.  Literally. 

After that Tom was dodging them as they scampered across the highway.  At one point though they were so numerous we just rolled up the windows so we couldn't hear the crunch.  EEEW!  We laughed and joked about the whole experience.  But, honestly, I was freaked out by the sheer numbers of them.  We saw at least 50 of them during the first 15 minutes of our drive home.  

It was one of the most surreal experiences we have had since arriving here.  And not one I hope to repeat anytime soon!  

Have you ever heard of such a thing?

11 comments:

  1. Oh mi word! I couldn't stand doing that!! *sigh* I would have to pull off the road and wait til I didn't see any!! Me and my love of all things living! LOL. Probably will cause me an accident someday! LOL!

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  2. Do you know what, one time I was forced to watch Animal Planet with the husband and they showed crabs doing this. Was there water nearby? It was part of their mating routine. I'm sure a quick internet search would provide more info.

    Would certainly be something to see! xx

    http://shermsinthemiddle.blogspot.com/

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  3. my kids say, "their mama probably called them in for lunch". LOL

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  4. No clue Alida... Maybe some of the locals might have some insight? If you find out, I'd love to know as well.

    Have a Blessed Day!

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  5. oh wow, seriously! i've never heard of this before! i would have had to roll the windows up too!

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  6. @Adrienne, it was rough!
    @Sherms, There was water nearby. We were driving through a wetland area not far from the coast.
    @Rory, how cute!
    @Phil,we have a friend we were gonna talk to this week. Can't wait to hear what he says.
    @Faith, rolling the windows up helped immensely.

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  7. What a sight that would have been.

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  8. A new expat experience, for sure.

    Fondly,
    Glenda

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  9. I think they were most likely going to mate. The documentary I watched was about Crabs at Christmas Island but I would imagine that it is a similar routine in other places. Next time grab some snaps! xx

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  10. I was stationed in Belize with the RAF back in 1983, and witnessed this behaviour. Land crabs need to return to the seashore to cast their eggs into the water. They spend the early part of their lives in the sea and move on to the land when big enough to survive. Because they time the trip to the sea to coincide with very high tides they will all go at once. The road between the airport and Belize City was a seething mass at times. You would have to clean off the landrover with a jet wash and sometimes find a claw embeded in a tyre.

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  11. I was stationed in Belize with the RAF back in 1983, and witnessed this behaviour. Land crabs need to return to the seashore to cast their eggs into the water. They spend the early part of their lives in the sea and move on to the land when big enough to survive. Because they time the trip to the sea to coincide with very high tides they will all go at once. The road between the airport and Belize City was a seething mass at times. You would have to clean off the landrover with a jet wash and sometimes find a claw embeded in a tyre.

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