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December 2018

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The scene of millions of baby River Swimming Crab (Varuna litterata ) scurrying on shore.
The scene of millions of baby River Swimming Crab (Varuna litterata ) scurrying on shore.

Interviewee / Interpretation and Education Section Chief , Kenting National Park Headquarters Hsieh-Chun Ma, Chiong-Yao Lin, Guan-Ru Chen
Article / Ru-Ling Yu
Photo / Chung-Neng Chen

To Kenting’s land crab, the female crabs would march to the sea to lay eggs in the summer, and the hatched baby crabs would return to the shore when autumn comes. These are major annual events to them. In late September this year, a large number of baby crabs returned to the land in Hengchun Peninsula’s Gangkou Village after heavy rains. About 100,000 River Swimming Crab megalopae rushed onto the beach, scurrying their pale yellow transparent body everywhere, writing the autumn chapter of this land crab’s life story on the shore. The land crab tour of Gangkou Community’s ecotourism program has always been very popular. During the peak season from July to October each year, every tour guide in the community has to be on duty to meet the endless tourist demands.

Cervus nippon taiouanus in Longpan grassland is Shuiwaku’s important ecotourism resource
Cervus nippon taiouanus in Longpan grassland is Shuiwaku’s important ecotourism resource
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