Aitoliko beach in Greece covered in spider web

Postado Setembro 21, 2018

Namely, a spectacular 300m-long spider-web covers an entire shoreline in Aitoliko, Greece.

Thousands of the creatures, known as Tetragnatha spiders, spun the web near a lagoon in Aitoliko to facilitate mating in what experts call a "seasonal phenomenon", according to the BBC.

The video has attracted nearly 180,000 views as of Thursday evening.

A lagoon in western Greece is starting to look more like an abandoned home's basement than a picturesque shoreline.

But the spiders' romps will be short-lived, according to British media reports which quoted an interview done by Greek website Newsit.gr.

Sadly, the eight-legged architects will soon die off, leaving the web to degrade naturally.

Prof Chatzaki works in the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics at the university, and her areas of expertise include the environment, biodiversity and ecology. She explained that the seasonal phenomena occurs when the spiders are mating, and that an increase in the mosquito population this year had lead to ideal conditions for a population explosion among the spiders.

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

Molecular biologist Maria Chatzaki told Greek news website Newsit.gr: "These spiders are not risky for humans and will not cause any damage to the area's flora".

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

Local Giannis Giannakopoulos shared pictures Monday of what he described as a "strange and unprecedented spectacle" on his Facebook page, garnering dozens of shares.