Florida Woman on Neighborhood Stroll Captures Bizarre Footage of Crabs Invading Streets


A viral video is showing an invasion unlike any other. And no, I’m not talking about the mob at Area 51.

A Stuart, Florida, woman came upon hundreds of blue crabs scuttling across the street near her home.

Abriel Arnel posted a video of the 24-second sea creature encounter on Facebook Monday and it quickly went viral.

“There were all the crabs. It was like a plague or a stampede of crabs getting ready to leave my neighborhood,” Arnel told WPTV.

In the video, little blue crabs can be seen crossing the street and sidewalks before crawling into the bushes as a car tries to avoid crushing the creatures.

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“We’ve lived here for a few years and this is the worst we’ve seen them,” Arnel told WOFL.

“I was told they are blue land crabs. Apparently, they burrow throughout the year, but it’s during this season (and their spawning season) when the heavy rain forces them out.”

Arnel told news outlets that she even found crabs on her front porch Tuesday morning.

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According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the blue crab mating season is between March and December, “when temperatures exceed 22°C (72°F).”

“This time of year they are migrating in huge numbers out to the water areas,” Mark Perry, a member of the Florida Oceanographic Society, told WPTV.

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“They’re actually pretty harmless but they do look ominous.”

Although these crabs are “pretty harmless” to humans, car tires are a different story, according to Gordon Frederick from Golden Gate Tire and Service.

“We discover a lot of having to fix the tire from the internal part because the puncture is quite large in diameter, it’s not a small nail hole,” Frederick told WPTV.

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Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. A University of Oregon graduate, Erin has conducted research in data journalism and contributed to various publications as a writer and editor.
Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. She grew up in San Diego, California, proceeding to attend the University of Oregon and graduate with honors holding a degree in journalism. During her time in Oregon, Erin was an associate editor for Ethos Magazine and a freelance writer for Eugene Magazine. She has conducted research in data journalism, which has been published in the book “Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future.” Erin is an avid runner with a heart for encouraging young girls and has served as a coach for the organization Girls on the Run. As a writer and editor, Erin strives to promote social dialogue and tell the story of those around her.
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