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article imageVideo: Massive hermit crab migration caught on film

By Greta McClain     Sep 16, 2012 in Environment
A St. John Island beach in the U.S. Virgin Islands was overrun with millions of hermit crabs during a mass migration on Tuesday.
Steve Simonsen, a Caribbean based photographer and videographer who has lived in St. John for the last 22 years, captured the mass migration on camera.
In an interview with Yahoo News Simonsen said "Crabs were crawling over my feet, arms, cameras. They crawled right into the lens hood. I was freaked out."
Simonsen was able to capture the spectacular event when a friend, author Pam Gaffin, called him and told him what was happening. Garrin had been on the beach since 6:00 AM after she to heard the crabs rustling in the underbrush the night before. Simonsen arrived at the beach around 10:00 AM. He said: "You couldn't walk …you had to pick out high rocks that no crabs were on. Or if a crab or four or five where on it, I had to brush the crabs off with my foot. I had to pick my way through. What I found out that the crabs were not interested at all in pinching. They were on a mission."
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