Thousands of Swarming Crabs Look Like a Horrifying Alien Invasion

Thousands of Swarming Crabs Look Like a Horrifying Alien Invasion

Researchers working off the coast of Panama have captured unprecedented footage showing thousands of red crabs swarming together in the oxygen-deprived waters just above the seafloor.

Led by Jesús Pineda of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), the team captured the video a year ago during a month-long expedition to the Hannibal Bank Seamount off the coast of Panama. The disquieting video shows a huge number of red crabs shuffling and bobbing along the seafloor in a scene right out of some kind of twisted science fiction movie. Here’s how Pineda described it in a press statement:
When we dove down in the submarine, we noticed the water became murkier as we got closer to the bottom. There was this turbid layer, and you couldn’t see a thing beyond it. We just saw this cloud but had no idea what was causing it. As we slowly moved down to the bottom of the seafloor, all of the sudden we saw these things. At first, we thought they were biogenic rocks or structures. Once we saw them moving—swarming like insects—we couldn’t believe it.
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