For many, spiders already hold a horrifying aura around them.
Now, guess what?
They’re even more terrifying because apparently, someone has caught a tarantula swimming.
Ever since a video hit the internet a few months ago, it’s been going viral.
The clip shows a tarantula swimming in a river in Big Bend Ranch State Park in Texas. And yes, it’s as scary as you imagine.
“In this video, we can see that the tarantula begins by swimming quickly for the shore, and then stops for a bit, close to the shoreline,” Haley L. Yorke, a tarantula researcher at the University of Guelph, informed. “This is because maintaining such a high level of activity for an extended period is exhausting, and spiders tend to tire quickly when they fully exert themselves. Even a short swim, fighting a weak current, such as in this clip, would be akin to running a marathon for a tarantula.”
Melody Alloway Heasley, whose daughter shot the video, said that the spider managed to swim across and make it to safety.
However, there is still some hope. Researchers say that while tarantulas CAN swim, they don’t like doing it.
“Swimming mostly entails paddling with their legs in the direction of dry land, as being on the water is dangerous, and exposes tarantulas to predation from both below the water’s surface and from the air,” Yorke said. “Thus, tarantulas usually avoid swimming unless they absolutely have to, in order to escape flooding, terrestrial predators, etc.”
As scary as it might look, you have to admit that this terrifying little creature does look very cool…figuratively and literally!
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