Millions of Crabs Are Invading Cuba’s Streets
Why did the crab cross the road? To get to the Bay of Pigs, apparently. Cuba’s roads are currently “carpeted” with red, black, and yellow land crabs on their annual migration to spawn by the sea, according to Reuters.
Each year, shortly after the island’s first spring rainfall, crabs scuttle by the millions from the forest to the southern coast to lay eggs. They come out daily at dusk and dawn, and cover the roads surrounding the bay. Unfortunately, their numbers are so great that many are inevitably run over. Their shells are sharp enough to puncture motorists’ tires though, which is bad news for visitors but good news for local businesses: Tourists are willing to pay $10 to repair their crab-popped tires, which is nearly half of the state’s average $25 monthly salary, says Reuters.
How bad is it?