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

Mindy Sparks
September 22, 2018

Greek local and photographer Giannis Giannakopoulos captured stunning photographs and a video of the webs.

The breathtaking scenery of clear blue Mediterranean Sea waters in Aitoliko has been spoiled by a massive spiderweb, which has sprung up next to a lagoon on the shores of the town.

Giannis Giannakopoulos saw the "veil of webs" this week in Aitoliko, CNN reported.

Maria Chatzaki, professor of molecular biology and genetics at Democritus University of Thrace, told Newsit Greece's high temperatures are creating the flawless climate for reproduction.

Maria Chatzaki, an arachnologist, said that they're always from the same type of spider in the Tetragnatha genus.

"It's as if the spiders are taking advantage of these conditions and are having a kind of a party", Chatzaki said, according to a translation by the BBC.

'They mate, they reproduce and provide a whole new generation'.

But this particular spider-web is one of the largest ever witnessed and, as the local scientists admitted, the increased number of mosquitoes led to the appearance of more Tetragnatha spiders.

"It's the simple prey-predator phenomenon", Pergantis told the network. "It's the ecosystem's natural reactions and once the temperatures begin to drop and the gnat populations die out, the spider populations will decrease as well".

The spiders are not a danger to humans, the report said.

Speaking to Greek news websites, molecular biologist Maria Chatzaki said that the spiders are not unsafe to humans and she not be feared.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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