An Explosion Of Thousands Of Spiders Turned This Greek Fishing Village Into A Real-Life Horror Story With Their Gigantic Webs

Thursday, 20 September 2018 - 11:05AM
Thursday, 20 September 2018 - 11:05AM
An Explosion Of Thousands Of Spiders Turned This Greek Fishing Village Into A Real-Life Horror Story With Their Gigantic Webs
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There is still over a month left until Halloween, but one small town in Greece already looks like it was decorated by overzealous Goths. If you suffer from arachnophobia, then we do not recommend traveling to Aitoliko – a Greek fishing village where spiders have decided to cover everything along the shores of a lagoon with cobwebs that stretch the length of several football fields. It is absolute nightmare fuel.

According to Science Alert, the decorators are spiders from the genus Tetragnatha, which are more commonly known as "stretch spiders" (because of their bodies, not their weaving abilities). While the visuals are alarming and unexpected, experts have assured Aitoliko residents that it is not a sign of the End Times. "The phenomenon we observed in Aitoliko is not unprecedented," said University of Thrace molecular biologist Maria Chatzaki. She added that the massive web is the result of a population explosion, and that beneath the sheets are huge numbers of small spiders that are there to mate. The spiders are found in many parts of the world, and the phenomenon happens every year around late summer or early fall. Chatzaki added that the spiders are not dangerous to humans and that when they are done with their "party" they will soon die.



As for why the stretch spiders chose that spot to set up shop, Chatzaki says that it was a perfect storm. "When an animal finds abundant food, high temperatures, and sufficient humidity, it has the ideal conditions to be able to make large populations." The researcher says that in the Ilia province of Greece, a very similar scene occurs every three to five years.

The worst part about it may, in fact, be that the increased spider population also results in an increase in the mosquito population.

Thousands of tiny spiders are pretty creepy, but at least they don't have wings and aren't out for human blood.

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