Red Crabs Swarm Found on Parky Beach in Chattogram, Bangladesh
By Adnan Mahfuz
At this time in COVID 19, nature has returned to independent existence.
In the countries of the world, therefore, the natural ecosystem is decorating itself in a new form. Many endangered animals and plants have started to see. In the rare moments of returning to this own entity of nature, the natural environment of Bangladesh also has a touch of change.
That is why after about 15 years, a swarm of red crabs can see at Parki Beach in Chattogramg. Once upon a time, there were swarms of red crabs roaming all over the beach. But over the past few years, Parki Beach has become a favorite destination for domestic and foreign tourists, and they have had to leave for a variety of reasons.
Large numbers of people on the beach, especially visiting and beach biking, caused a lot of red crabs to disappear as their migration and reproduction disrupted. During this time of Corona, when humans were under house arrest, the remnants of that magnificent red crab returned to their free environment from their holes.
The number of red crabs on Parki Beach has also started increasing day by day in the normal breeding process. At the same time, the green branches of the tamarisk tree on the beach have expanded.
Due to government restrictions, the local administration-imposed restrictions on tourists visiting Parki Beach at the end of March 2020.
So, one of the attractions of the beach is the privately owned entertainment and tourist spot Lusai Park and other shops are closed. At this opportunity, life came back to Parki Beach. Red crabs see in flocks; the herbaceous seaweed has become greener and longer.
From the locals, it has learned that thousands of red crabs used to run smoothly on the shores of the beach. At day, these crabs roam the beaches, but at night they hide either in holes or in the sand dunes of the beach or at the base of seagrass bushes.
As the number of people and tourists walking on the beach gradually increased, the existence of these aspects of nature also began to disappear. Thus the red crab was lost about 15 years ago.
Manjurul Kibria, Professor of Zoology, University of Chattagram, said:
The crabs were also plentiful at Cox's Bazar beach. We have seen a lot of crabs in Cox's Bazar. Which is now almost extinct.
Many more such biodiversity is being lost from our nature due to environmental disasters and pollution. When asked, MA Qayyum Shah, chairman of the local Barshat Union Parishad and a member of the Beach Management Committee of the district administration, said, “The red crab has not seen on Parki Beach for the last 14-15 years.
We have seen a lot of crabs roaming in our childhood. But slowly they have disappeared from here.” ‘Meanwhile, after prolonged shutdown, the lockdown has eased, and the tourist spot on Parki Beach, Lusai Park, and other shops have started opening on June 4 in compliance with the hygiene rules. Beachside visiting has also begun to for fancy tourists.
If proper steps are not taken to protect this resource of nature, the migration of these red crabs may one day be lost under the weight of human footsteps.