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The Great Feast
πŸ“Έ by @clement.wild

A wildebeest is caught mid-air by a crocodile while trying to cross the mara river.

This yearly crossing seals the fate of over 6000 wildebeests, crocodiles being the primary, but not sole beneficiary of this treacherous traversal.

Wildebeest migrations are timed to coincide with the annual pattern of rainfall and grass-growth on the African plains they call home, and when the rain season ends it triggers a mass exodus from the serengeti in search of fertile grassland.

It total, between 1.2 – 1.5 million wildebeest, along with hundreds of thousands of zebra, gazelles and other animals take part in this migration – the largest terrestrial migration on Earth.

Each one of these animals has no choice but to cross the mara river.

The silver lining to this death orgy is that the surrounding ecosystem receives a veritable buffet of nutrients that support the lives of a large number of predators and scavengers alike: crocs, hyenas, vultures, fish, micro-organisms and everything in between will benefit from this annihilation soup left behind by the river crossing.

Collectively, with all animal deaths considered, it is the biomass equivalent of dropping 10 blue whales into the river.

This migration occurs every year in late July/early August, and again in late October/early November.

That’s right, once these incredibly large herds successfully cross the river they will have to make the trek again in a few months.

And the crocodiles and all the other animals that depend on this crossing to survive will be there to gorge themselves when they do.



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