Robber crab steals a black boot from Dolly beach on Christmas Island

So that’s why they call them Robber Crabs: Clever crustacean lives up to its name and makes off with a shoe

  • A sneaky robber crabs snatches lone block boot on popular tourist beach
  • Taiwan-based zoologist found crab scuttling on Dolly beach on Christmas Island
  • Huge crab diligently drags a black boot from the shore with it’s front pincers

A sneaky robber crab has lived up to its name and snatched a lone black boot on a popular tourist beach. 

Taiwan-based zoologist Hung-Chang Liu, spotted the crab scuttling along the sand on Dolly beach on Christmas Island – an Australian territory in the Indian Ocean near Indonesia. 

Mr Liu regularly visits the island to study the migration of millions of red crabs from the forest to the ocean. 

A sneaky robber crabs snatched lone block boot on popular tourist beach in Australia (pictured)

Taiwan-based zoologist found the crab scuttling on the sand with the black shoe in tow on Dolly beach on Christmas Island (pictured)

Taiwan-based zoologist found the crab scuttling on the sand with the black shoe in tow on Dolly beach on Christmas Island (pictured) 

While there, he caught stunning footage of the robber crab diligently dragging a black boot along the sand with it’s front pincers. 

The persistent crustacean was determined to carry the shoe – which was almost as big as the crab – toward the sand dunes.

After the long journey, the crab settled between some debris, clutching the boot firmly between it’s pincers. 

The video that emerged online on March 15 showed another aspect of the crustacean life on Christmas Island, where the red crab migration has become a famous spectacle. 

The migration is an annual event that sees the crabs emerge from the forest and make their way to the ocean – covering roads and beaches. 

Migration starts with the first rainfall of the wet season – usually in October or November –  where the female crabs release around 100,000 eggs into the ocean after making their way across the land.  

The persistent crustacean settled between some debris and clutches the boot firmly between it's pincers (pictured)

The persistent crustacean settled between some debris and clutches the boot firmly between it’s pincers (pictured) 

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Inside the house perched above sea level and paying homage to Aussie bushfire-ravaged surroundings

Architect designs a striking bushfire-proof home made from galvanised steel – complete with 180 degree views of the ocean and a four-sided fireplace

  • The striking Cumulus House is built in bushfire-ravaged surroundings in Victoria near the Great Ocean Road
  • Situated 100m above sea level, the home has 180-degree views of the valley and ocean below 
  • The design infuses post-war Californian modernism with the Australian fibro beach house
  • The 173sqm property features three bedrooms, two bathrooms and is made from galvanised steel 
  • Architect Chris Connell described the home as a ‘canvas’ to avoid drawing attention away from the land 

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A striking property made from galvanised steel has been inspired by its bushfire-ravaged surroundings near the stunning Great Ocean Road in Victoria. 

The property was built in the ‘vulnerable’ fire zone following the 2015 Christmas Day bushfires, and it is perched 100m above sea level at the top of a ridge in Wye River.

Architect Chris Connell told Daily Mail Australia the design was inspired by the modernist movement in architecture, and it seeks to fuse the traditional Australian fibro beach shack with post-WW1 Californian modernism. 

A striking property named Cumulus House is made from galvanised steel has been built and inspired by its bushfire-ravaged surroundings in Victoria near the Great Ocean Road

The property sits among the 'vulnerable' flame zone perched 100m above sea level at the top of a ridge in Wye River, a small coastal village on the Great Ocean Road

The property sits among the ‘vulnerable’ flame zone perched 100m above sea level at the top of a ridge in Wye River, a small coastal village on the Great Ocean Road

The home features three bedrooms, two bathrooms, open-plan kitchen, a spacious living area and 180-degree balcony views

The home features three bedrooms, two bathrooms, open-plan kitchen, a spacious living area and 180-degree balcony views

Behind the minimalistic steel facade lies a geometric rectangular floorplan with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, an open-plan kitchen, a spacious living area and 180-degree balcony views. 

The elegantly arranged single-level home welcomes guests via a generous two-metre wide corridor with bedrooms to either side accessed by full height sliding doors that provide a diagonal view through the living spaces.

The 173sqm property, completed in mid-2020, is made from galvanised steel and fibre cement sheets to achieve the striking minimalistic design. 

The total value of the property has not been disclosed.

Architect Chris Connell said the 'stand-out' features would undoubtedly be the four-sided fireplace and the expansive 12-metre wide north facing deck with ocean and valley views

Architect Chris Connell said the ‘stand-out’ features would undoubtedly be the four-sided fireplace and the expansive 12-metre wide north facing deck with ocean and valley views

The house acts as a blank canvas to ensure attention isn't drawn away from the beautiful surroundings

The house acts as a blank canvas to ensure attention isn’t drawn away from the beautiful surroundings

The location would be ideal for couples and families alike, or those who are seeking privacy

The location would be ideal for couples and families alike, or those who are seeking privacy

Mr Connell said the ‘stand-out’ features included the four-sided fireplace and the 12-metre wide north facing deck with ocean and valley views. 

The house has been designed as a ‘blank canvas’ to ensure attention isn’t drawn away from the beautiful surroundings. 

‘The house is simple. It’s not covered with art. We’ve created a canvas here but the painting is actually out there,’ Mr Connell said.

Mr Connell has over 40 years' experience in the architecture and interior design industry as well as the furniture industry

Mr Connell has over 40 years’ experience in the architecture and interior design industry as well as the furniture industry 

The outside deck area with a balcony overlooking the stunning landscape

The outside deck area with a balcony overlooking the stunning landscape

Mr Connell said he and the team at Chris Connell Deign are more than happy with the final result. The total value of the property has not been disclosed

Mr Connell said he and the team at Chris Connell Deign are more than happy with the final result. The total value of the property has not been disclosed

Mr Connell said he and the team at Chris Connell Deign were more than happy with the final result.

‘We like the austere, discrete elevation the house presents to the street, and the four-sided fireplace how it draws one from the entrance down the wide corridor to the main living area where the full width of the building and the view is revealed,’ he said.

Mr Connell has over 40 years’ experience in the architecture and interior design industry, as well as the furniture industry.

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Woman, 35, reveals she is ‘best friends’ with her partner’s ex-wife

People often do anything they can to avoid their partner’s exes, but one woman has formed an unlikely friendship with her partner’s former wife. 

JJ Barnes, 35, from Stafford, admitted she initially felt ‘weird’ when her partner Jonathan Mckinney, 38, revealed he was still ‘good friends’ with his ex-wife of five years Kate Marris, 36.

But five years on, and screenwriter JJ calls Kate one of her ‘best friends’ as the pair see each other every day, go to the pub together, and have even spent Christmas as a trio.

JJ admitted she was intimidated of Kate when she first met her back in 2015, but said she realised that Kate had parted with Jonathan as friends and the couple had kept in touch for their son Ezekiel, seven.

JJ Barnes (left), 35, from Stafford, admitted she felt ‘weird’ when her partner Jonathan Mckinney, 38, revealed he was still ‘good friends’ with his ex-wife Kate Marris, 36 (right)

But five years on, and screenwriter JJ (front) calls Kate (left) one of her 'best friends' as the pair see each other every day, go to the pub together, and have even spent Christmas as a trio

But five years on, and screenwriter JJ (front) calls Kate (left) one of her ‘best friends’ as the pair see each other every day, go to the pub together, and have even spent Christmas as a trio

She explained: ‘When I first met Kate in 2015, I was intimidated by her beauty and intelligence.

‘I did find it quite nerve-wracking that she was still on the scene. But their marriage ended because they were more like friends than lovers.

‘They kept in touch for their son Ezekiel, seven, which is amazing.

‘I instantly respected Jonathan when he made it clear that Kate is an important part of his life because she is his son’s mother.’

Jonathan was going through the divorce in 2014 when he met JJ, who had recently become a single mum to Rose, then three, and Buffy, then five months.

After a couple of months of dating, the women were introduced and have been inseparable ever since, while JJ, Kate and Jonathan complete the school run together every single day.

JJ (left) said she was intimidated of Kate when she first met her in 2015, but realised Kate had parted with Jonathan as friends and the couple kept in touch for their son Ezekiel, seven

JJ (left) said she was intimidated of Kate when she first met her in 2015, but realised Kate had parted with Jonathan as friends and the couple kept in touch for their son Ezekiel, seven

Jonathan was going through the divorce in 2014 when he met JJ (left), who had recently become a single mum to Rose, then three, and Buffy, then five months

Jonathan was going through the divorce in 2014 when he met JJ (left), who had recently become a single mum to Rose, then three, and Buffy, then five months

Jonathan (left) admitted that he never imagined the two women forming a friendship, saying his main focus was his son growing up with his parents being 'positive' about one another

Jonathan (left) admitted that he never imagined the two women forming a friendship, saying his main focus was his son growing up with his parents being ‘positive’ about one another

Kate is often invited into their home for a cup of tea, a glass of wine or dinner so the children can all play together, and they also spend Christmases together and enjoy many child-free nights out.

JJ continued: ‘It was strange at the start for me to understand it all, but never weird because they always included me.

‘I had to get used to how their friendship works. Then it suddenly fell into place.

‘Kate became someone a friend who we hang out with. We see Kate every day because she lives a five-minute walk away.

‘My daughter Buffy, four, calls her Aunty Kate because she has always been a part of her life.

‘Our friendship is like any other – we text a lot and sometimes I even complain about Jonathan not picking up his socks because we have a shared frustration.’

JJ, who is also a divorcée, admitted that her friends and family were ‘confused’ and ‘worried’ at the start, but she insisted that break-ups don’t always involve ‘hate’.

She added: ‘There is an assumption that a break up means you hate each other. But relationships can end for all kinds of reasons.

‘Most people think it is strange and weird that we are all pals, but now they have got used to it. Kate is like one of my best friends now.

‘I think women are often cat-fighting with an ex’s new partner and it’s not necessary.

‘If there is children involved then it is important that everyone gets along. It makes everything healthier, our children don’t see angry or hatred.

‘It doesn’t occur to our children that Mummy and Daddy would fight.’

Kate (left) is invited into their home for a cup of tea or dinner so the children can play together, and they also spend Christmases together and enjoy many kid-free nights out

Kate (left) is invited into their home for a cup of tea or dinner so the children can play together, and they also spend Christmases together and enjoy many kid-free nights out

JJ (left), who is also a divorcee, admitted that her friends and family were 'confused' and 'worried' at the start, but she insisted that break-ups don't always involve 'hate'

JJ (left), who is also a divorcee, admitted that her friends and family were ‘confused’ and ‘worried’ at the start, but she insisted that break-ups don’t always involve ‘hate’

JJ (left) said that her daughter Buffy, four, calls Jonathan's ex-wife of five years 'Aunty Kate', who has always been a part of the young girl's life

JJ (left) said that her daughter Buffy, four, calls Jonathan’s ex-wife of five years ‘Aunty Kate’, who has always been a part of the young girl’s life

Jonathan, however, admits that he never imagined the two women forming a friendship, saying his main focus was his son growing up with his parents being ‘positive’ about one another.

The musician explained: ‘People have relationships, sometimes they come to an end, it can be sour at first but it doesn’t have to stay that way.

‘I’m glad that JJ and Kate get on. I hadn’t really considered that they would develop a friendship.

‘My main thing early on was to ensure that I was respectful of the various emotional dynamics that I could predict.

‘I wanted my son to grow up in environments where the adults parenting him were positive about each other, and reinforced each other’s rules and philosophies and so on.

‘Their friendship is their friendship, really. As long as we’re all on board with how our parenting impacts all of the kids, I’m easy going about everything else.’