National Geographic : 1939 Jul
AT HOME ON THE OCEANS PIGS ARRIVE ON CHRISTMAS ISLAND IN INDIVIDUAL PACKAGES This shipment, from Singapore, is for the Chinese workers employed by the phosphate company which operates on the island, south of Java. English supervisors import their porkers from the Cocos Islands to the southwest, where the animals are more carefully raised. Cargoes of dirt are sent back to barren Cocos as part payment, and used in vegetable gardens (page 71). THIS LAND CRAB EVEN CLIMBS TREES TO GET COCONUTS So powerful are the pincers of the red "robber" that they can nip through wire netting as easily as pliers. The big fellows dwell on Christmas Island, in the Indian Ocean. Islanders tell of campers, sleeping out in the bush, who have been attacked by the voracious creatures (pages 65-66).