HAVANA, June 12th As every year -between the months of April to July- thousands of female and male crabs migrate from the forest to the coast in some areas of Cuba to mate.
Throughout the country, there are several sections of roads that are especially dangerous for traffic and deadly for crabs, which die crushed by vehicles that travel those roads. In fact, the tires of the drivers are often damaged by the cut produced by the pincers of the crabs, which are crushed during the dangerous pilgrimage.
It happens on the road that joins the cities of Cienfuegos and Trinidad, also occurs in Santiago de Cuba, in Guanahacabibes (south of Pinar del Río) or on the road from Playa Larga to Playa Girón (Matanzas), among others.
The crabs make the dangerous crossing mainly during the morning and then in the evening to avoid the hottest hours.
Although the red crab lives on land, during its reproductive cycle the male moves to the sea, where he first takes a bath and then goes out to find a wooded area and mate with the females.
Officials from the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment have explained that a possible solution to the great danger posed by the migration of Cuban red crab could be the construction of conduits under the road, although it is not a project that is currently taking finished.
The red crab is not edible, in its shell it accumulates large amounts of tungsten, a heavy metal very harmful to health.
However, they are victims of poachers who persecute them to elaborate with their eggs some cakes named “caro”, to which aphrodisiac properties are attributed.