Huge 1000ft spider web appears overnight on a beach in Greece

Rodiano Bonacci
Settembre 22, 2018

Photographs published online show the almost 1,000-foot web stretching across a beach, according to the Greek site NewsIt.

In recent days, the webs have draped plants, trees and boats along the lagoon in Aitoliko, a town of canals that's otherwise known as Greece's "Little Venice".

Giannis Giannakopoulos posted this video of the spider web to YouTube.

The giant webs are spun by a very small spider of the Tetragnatha genus ― it's just 0.7 inches long, according to Inside Edition.

According to Maria Chatzaki, professor of molecular biology and genetics at Democritus University of Thrace, Greece, global warming (which caused a significant temperature increase in the region), elevated humidity, and sufficient food in the area of Aitoliko caused a massive boost in the number of Tratragnatha spiders populations.

"These spiders are not unsafe for humans and will not cause any damage to the area's flora", she told Greek outlet Newsit.

"The spiders will have their party and will soon die". Greek biologist Fotis Pergantis, president of the Messolonghi National Lagoon Park, told CNN that the webs will likely be there until temperatures start to drop and the gnat population dies out.

"When these temperatures last long enough, we can see a second, third and fourth generation of the gnats and end up with large amounts of their populations", he said, adding that the spiders will multiply en masse if there are enough gnats.

She also said that the spiders are not a danger to humans, and will not cause any damage to the vegetation.

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