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Red Beach - The March of the Red Crabs

What you see in the five first photos are baby Christmas Island Red Crabs, Gecarcoidea natalis (Decapoda - Gecarcinidae), emerging from the ocean, and making their way to the forest, as seen in January of this 2014.

These crabs are endemic to the Christmas Island. For most of the year the red crabs are found within forest, but each year these crabs must migrate to the coast to breed (last photo). The estimated population of adult red crabs on Christmas Island was 43.7 million in 2001, so the migration is really impressive.

The arrival of the monsoonal rains allows increased activity of red crabs and stimulates the annual migration. During this breeding migration red crabs, like other terrestrial gecarcinids, must abandon their home ranges and travel down to the coast to mate and spawn. The downward migration normally requires at least a week, and the crabs migrate mainly during the first few hours of the morning and in the late afternoon.

The males excavate burrows, which they must defend from other males, on the lowest shore terraces; mating occurs in or near the burrows. Soon after mating the males start the journey back inland to the forest, while the females lay their eggs and remain in the burrows for 2 weeks. At the end of the incubation period the females vacate their burrows and make their way to the coastal cliffs, which almost completely surround the island, to cast their eggs into the ocean. The females usually release their eggs into the sea toward dawn, around the turn of the high tide, and then they return to the forest.

Eggs hatch immediately in the sea and the larvae (now called megalope) live in the sea for about a month before returning to land as juvenile crabs. These juvenile crabs start a first migration to the forest as seen in the first photos.

References: [1] - [2]

Photo credit: ©Kirsty Faulkner | Locality: Christmas Island (2014)

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HAPPENING NOW (9.24.14): The situation in Ferguson is escalating quickly. Protests continue, following this morning’s burning of a Mike Brown memorial, and another frustrating Ferguson City Council meeting.Looks like the same “antagonize over de-escalate” tactics are back online. Prayers to all those out in the street of Ferguson right now fighting for their right to exist. #staywoke #farfromover (PT IPT IIPT III)  

Bringing back the dogs, choppers, charging the crowd, attempting to bottleneck protesters into an area, AND live shots possible fired into the crowd… what the ever-living fuck is Ferguson PD trying to do?! We’re a month and a half into this saga, and they still don’t know how to de-escalate a situation. Pray y’all. That might be all we got right now.

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That bracelet tho I’m fuckin speechless…

THIS IS TODAY, 9.24. THIS IS STILL NOW, DO NOT FORGET

Yeah, we know you’re Darren Wilson. You’re all Darren Wilson. You don’t have to tell us.

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Some gantzy animations I made long time ago. :D

Why do you prefer to work on traditional animation paper? What are some of the pros and cons to drawing on different things? What mediums do you prefer?

robertryancory:

I don’t like working digitally as much because the options are more limiting, but mainly I don’t like it because it’s more difficult to render something dimensionally. I feel like drawings done on the cpu are often flat, so while it’s great for coloring and making things look more polished in less time, it loses the main component of functionality for animation. I also think you have far more control over subtle lines and curves on paper than digital.

I’m one of the last dudes working on paper at DTVA (my friend Chris Tsirgiotis does his Wander over Yonder backgrounds on paper), I have to order my own.

It’s difficult to explain, I can use a cintiq and enjoy designing on it, I just don’t like losing my individuality rendering something with the same tools everyone else has. I just want to be myself and for the shows I design on to utilize what I do the best they can.

The way I feel these days is just a kneejerk reaction to seeing too many thin wispy lines with flat details in pastel anime colors. There’s nothing wrong with drawing that way but I think everyone’s work is starting to blend into the same gobelin/miyazaki/underground comic look, and variety is the spice of life. So I’m searching different areas personally trying to get at what could possibly come next in art.

EDIT           plus it’s cool to have physical copies

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Alcohol vs marijuana

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Alcohol vs marijuana

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