Scientists Say Fish-Eating Spiders Are Now ‘Widespread’!

Scientists have recently discovered that there are a number of species of spiders which hunt, kill and eat fish! Apparently, the numbers of these spiders are rocketing up as well, all across the world. There’s even a species native to Britain (specifically East Anglia) called the Fen-Raft Spider. It sounds like something out of a horror film, doesn’t it? But it’s absolutely true.

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These species of spider lurk waiting by ponds, lakes and rivers. When their prey appear near the surface of the water – they strike. The research carried out says that the average size of the fish caught by these seafood-loving arachnids was TWICE the size of the actual spider!

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We’re more used to these eight-legged chaps gorging on insects and things to survive, but adaptation has led some species, which live near water, to vary their diet. All of the spiders found used a form of poison to stun or kill their dinner before pouncing.

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You can see from the rather terrifying photograph above that some of them can even perform Jesus-like miracles and walk on water!

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So that it can catch its prey, the fish-eating spider will normally anchor its back legs to a stone or a plant and ensure its front legs are resting on the surface of the water, in an ambush stance. Once caught, the fish is then dragged back to a nice dry spot before the feeding process can start. This feed, using strong enzymes to break down the scales and bones usually lasts quite a few hours.

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It’s not such rare behaviour, though. Scientists claim that this kind of thing has been recorded on every single continent on Earth, with the exception of Antarctica.

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Creepy, yet interesting stuff. We just pray the day never comes where we have to publish a ‘human-eating spider’ story!

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