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There's A 1000 Foot Spider Web Covering This Beach And I'm Never Leaving The House Again

Giannis Giannakopoulo (Facebook)

Nature is beautiful, but also slightly terrifying at times.

There are some remarkable things animals will do to survive, such as legionary ants building a bridge using their own bodies to attack a wasp's nest or French Guinea termites that accumulate toxins in their body so that when they get older, and their group is under attack, they can blow themselves up.

Most people can hear about these survival tactics and not freak out, but when there's picture or video evidence, it's hard to contain your fright.

For those of you who you have arachnophobia, beware as you scroll down.

A mysterious phenomenon has caused a 1,000-foot spider web to cover a beach, and the images are terrifying.

What's arguably more terrifying is the theory as to why this has happened.

Scientists believe that high temperatures may be the reason Tetragnatha spiders in Greece have spun huge webs at a lagoon in Aitoloko.

Although these spiders are known to spin huge webs during mating season, the warm and humid weather has led to an abnormal amount.

Also, a rise in mosquito populations is keeping more spiders alive and able-bodied.

“They mate, they reproduce and provide a whole new generation,” Maria Chatzaki, professor of molecular biology and genetics at Democritus University of Thrace told a Greek news outlet.

“These spiders are not dangerous for humans and will not cause any damage to the area’s flora."

For arachnophobes, there is some good news: "The spiders will have their party and will soon die," Chatzaki added.

Giannis Giannakopoulos, the man who shared the images on his Facebook page, said "it was probably a reaction of nature to balance the system by limiting mosquitoes."

Whatever the case may be, I can imagine it was quite a daunting sight for local beachgoers.

If you're brave enough, watch Giannakopoulos' video below!

[H/T: The Independent]

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Moojan has been a writer at Shared for almost a year. When she's not on the lookout for viral content, she's looking at cute animal photos. Reach her at moojan@shared.com.