It is a
small island just off the coast of Jardine Swamps south of Mutee Heads
and the mouth of Jardine River.
And it has got its name
from the shape of it.
If you look at it on a map or a satellite image, what you see
is two crab-like claws.
Why would you go out
there is the
remoteness and the wildlife, and it may be not worth the
effort for all.
But if you love the wildlife,
... there are the flocks of pelicans,
.. and at certain times of the year there is more :-)
If you go
'build-up' season (which starts about in September and lasts for a few
months, until the rains), it is the turtle
nesting season, and there are turtle tracks
all around the island's beaches, as the females have made their way to
the land to make the nest and lay eggs, then return to the ocean.
Green sea turtle is more
common in a lot of other places but on the Crab Island it happens to be
the Flatback sea turtle.
This turtle breeds in many places in northern Australia, but Crab
Island happens to be the most significant breeding ground in the world
for this species).
And it is
not to wonder then,
that crocodiles have
During the turtle nesting season, Crab Island is a top place to spot
crocodiles - what you
see on the photo above are not logs!
They have learned that this time of the year there are lots of baby turtles walking out
to the sea.
And they have all placed themselves in their way in the wait for the meal.
You don't usually see
saltwater crocodiles laying in groups since they are
They all come in here from their
territories, and simply tolerate each other for the sake
of the big meal.
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