Crabs on the march to see the Daintree
CATCHING a glimpse of elusive solider crabs as they advance en-masse along the Daintree coastline is no mean feat.
But recent visitors to South Cowie, Cape Tribulation and Myall Beaches have been lucky enough to witness one of the natural wonders of the local area.
Tour guide Lawrence Mason said the creatures sweep across certain beaches in their thousands at particular times of the year when the tidal conditions are at their lowest point.
But the notoriously cautious creatures can disappear as quickly as they arrive with telltale tiny balls of sand the only evidence of their fleeting presence. And who could blame them?
The arrival of soldier crabs usually sparks a feeding frenzy of predators including shorebirds, ghost crabs and even wild pigs.
“It’s like looking down on an aerial shot of big line of soldiers marching across the beach,” Mr Mason said.
“They are often only there for an hour or so when the tide goes out to several hundred metres. When you disturb them, they all go down into the sand like corkscrews.
“On a tour, I’ll gather everyone together and run up really quickly before they burrow away.
“People are really fascinated with them, particularly international visitors who have never seen anything like it before.”