A group camping on Christmas Island had a rude shock when they were suddenly surrounded by a swarm of large crabs, on September 19.
The family and friends were cooking sausages when the smell enticed up to 50 robber crabs to invade the campsite.
Despite their size and large numbers, the crabs were not harmful, according to Instagram user winterishere2015, who posted the video with the hashtag #stuffofyournightmares.
“They are relatively peaceful. They can be moved away gently or sometimes picked up and moved. No pinching,” the uploader told Storyful.
The encounter was shared in a Facebook post by Christmas Island’s tourism company. Credit: winterishere2015 via Storyful