While Cancun is a city with a modern side — hotels, houses, boats, cars and malls — it’s always faithful to its natural side — beaches, plants and animals.
Besides the colorful fishes you can visit while snorkeling in Cancun, one of the animals you can see out in the open is the blue crab! This fascinating creature is visible every year between September and October. That’s when these beautiful crabs make a journey from their hiding spots in the Nichupte Lagoon to the Caribbean Sea to reproduce.
Because they rely solely on their instincts, these crabs often take the route that’s buzzing with cars and buses, facing the danger of getting killed in the process. Therefore, many locals come together every year to help the crabs safely make their way to the sea.
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Why is Blue Crab Season so Important?
First of all, blue crabs travel great distances every year for mating purposes. So it’s highly likely that if no one protects them, there might be a significant drop in their numbers.
The migration from the mangroves is important because the crabs will lay their eggs in the sea, which has favorable conditions for the eggs to hatch.
Realizing the importance of protecting the crustaceans from harm, Cancun locals started a project called The Blue Crab Protection Campaign. This movement recruits hundreds of families across the city of Cancun, along with some tourists, who wish to help the crabs.
What Can People Do to Help the Blue crab?
While blue crab migration is happening, you’ll find families gathering in these areas with buckets, shovels and bags to carry the crabs to safety.
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Furthermore, members of The Blue Crab Protection Campaign keep track of the crabs’ migratory behaviors and weather patterns. During the blue crab season months of September and October, the campaign members keep their gear ready in preparation for the crustacean migration.
Hence, the locals and the Ecology Board members achieve their aim of securely transporting the blue crabs to the sea, without causing them any harm.
Consequently, Playa Las Perlas is the beach where the local authorities will assist the blue crabs cross from the mangrove to the sea.
A Blue Crab Night During a Cancun Full Moon
If you’re traveling to Cancun during blue crab season, you might choose to partake in this noble cause. So imagine the feeling of making a difference protecting the environment while you travel.
Especially relevant, blue crabs migrate during the full moons of September and October. And higher precipitation creates conditions more conducive to mating.
Campaign members inform locals and tourists about these blue crab nights so they can prepare beforehand. The volunteers should wear comfortable clothes and garden gloves so the crabs don’t pinch them. A flashlight is also a must to detect the crustaceans in the dark.
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A night in blue crab world is an unforgettable memory for many, and it’s a night they look forward to every year. Will you be one of them? In addition, if you’re an animal enthusiast, you’ll love spending time not only with the Cancun blue crabs, but with these creatures as well:
And as always, we’ll be glad to help you what any information you need during your Mexican Caribbean vacation.
—This post was originally published on July 31, 2015.