Tag: Bass Strait

March of the spider crabs: Justin Gilligan

Talking Australia
March of the spider crabs: Justin Gilligan
Each winter, thousands of spider crabs rise up from the depths of Bass Strait to gather for one of the world’s most extraordinary natural spectacles. For many years these mass aggregations went on relatively unknown to the wider public until in recent years films, such as David Attenborough’s Blue Planet 2, shed light on to the wildlife spectacle.  Nature photographer Justin Gilligan jumped into the cold waters in Port Phillip bay to capture the event during which the crabs moult their tough exoskeletons. This makes them easy bait for predators such as Australia’s largest stingrays.  But since last year’s march the crabs are facing another threat – from fishers who could potentially end this spectacle.   This Episode of Talking Australia is hosted by Angela Heathcote (Digital Producer at Australian Geographic) and produced by Ben Kanthak ( You can also follow us on Instagram @australiangeographic

History & Culture

GALLERY: The secret scenes of the Bass Strait

Huddled in the unforgiving Bass Strait is a remote cluster of islands with fewer than 900 residents. The Furneaux Group is a quiet place of ancient rituals, stunning scenery and a violent history. All photos by Cameron Cope. Read more about life on the islands and The Furneaux Group’s history in Sandy Guy’s feature in AG#135, out now.