If you still bear painful childhood memories of returning from elementary school only to discover that your pet hermit crab was surreptitiously whisked away to Papa Jehoshaphat's Hermit Crab Corral three states away — which is, incidentally, staffed entirely by crustacean-loving orphans — the following footage may be too much for you.

At Nanny Point at St. John in the Virgin Islands, photographer Steve Simonsen captured this astounding scene of "millions and millions" of soldier crabs mid-migration. The sheer amount of shell and carapace on display here likely conceals a dozen hidden sunbathers petrified in fear.

[Via Presurfer]