At the beginning of the wet season on Christmas Island more than 150 million red crabs move from inland shelters to the shore for their annual breeding season. During this time, usually from October to November, the entire forest floor, and even the roads that run through it, are swathed in a sea of red in one of the most spectacular animal migrations in the world.
Kiritimati, or Christmas Island, in the Kiribati Line Islands is the largest coral atoll in the world. It is larger than the Mediterranean island of Malta. The Kiribati Line Islands are the world’s farthest forward time zone, welcoming a new day 14 hours before Greenwich Mean Time.