We’ve already warned you of an impending octopus invasion, but now there’s another ocean creature you need to be worried about. The tiny red crab (also known as tuna crabs or pleuroncodes planipes) might look harmless on its own, but when the little guys team up…it’s honestly a scary sight to behold.
Ask the scientists who witnessed this very thing off the cost of Panama. They were, you know, minding their own business (doing research and whatnot) in their cool submarine when all of a sudden they noticed the water becoming murkier as they slunk lower.
“As we slowly moved down to the bottom of the seafloor, all of the sudden we saw these things,” said the expedition’s chief scientist, Jesus Pineda, in a press release. “At first, we thought they were biogenic rocks or structures. Once we saw them moving — swarming like insects — we couldn’t believe it.”
Apparently red crabs are usually spotted around Southern California and Baja California and it’s the first time they were seen so far south. Either way, we can’t remember the last time a swarm like this was spotted by anyone, ever.
Scientists and regular folk alike are perplexed by this mass
invasion migration…here’s hoping researchers are able to find out why these red crabs decided to band together in such numbers.