300-metre long Spider-web covers beach in Western Greece

Christopher Davidson
September 23, 2018

The attractive Grecian beaches have been transformed into an eerie landscape overrun by spiders as a massive spider web stretches across the entire shoreline.

A Greek beach has been turned into an arachnophobe's worst nightmare, as spiders have covered it in a web some 300 metres long. They commonly build their webs near watery habitats and some species can even walk on water, as reported by Science Alert.

Locals blame Tetragnatha spiders -and their quest to create large nests for mating- for spoiling the majestic scenery.

Chatzaki explained that the spiders were not unsafe for humans and would "have their party and soon die off".

Maria Chatzaki, a biology professor at Greece's Democritus University of Thrace, says the creepy-crawlies appear to belong to the genus Tetragnatha, commonly known as stretch spiders due to their elongated bodies.

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She said a similar phenomenon was recorded in 2003 and that all it takes is the ideal fall weather conditions for the spiders to thrive.

Experts believe that an increase in the number of mosquitoes in the area has also played a crucial role in the creation of this big spider web. "They mate, they reproduce and provide a whole new generation", Chatzaki said.

Mr Giannakopoulos added it was "a odd an unprecedented spectacle".

Humid conditions are said to be behind the appearance of the arachnids. It was all spun by arachnids known as "stretch spiders".

"There are huge numbers of male and female spiders mating [underneath the webs]", Chatzaki said.

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