Mysterious Tarantula Floating On Buoy Baffles Beachgoers
Spiders aren't exactly famous for being a big hit with the human race, are they? Even though we know most of them won't actually hurt us, and despite the whole 'they're more scared of you' line that parents feed kids, there's still something about them that gets us worked up into a sweat.
And arguably what makes them even worse is their cunning ability to spring out from seemingly nowhere, suddenly appearing on the arm of the sofa or jumping from the boot you've just wedged onto your foot. Or, in this case, randomly floating on a buoy in the middle of the sea.
This tarantula was spotted off the coast of Trogir, a town on southern Croatia's Adriatic coastline, by a fearless beach-goer who felt brave enough to photograph it, despite others nearby apparently feeling terrified by the eight-legged freak.
The creature is believed to be a Lycosa tarantula, also known as the wolf spider. It looks pretty terrifying, but thankfully its venom isn't particularly toxic to humans.
They'll rarely bite unless provoked, and even have a tendency to flee at the approach of any large animal.
What we don't know, however, is how the hell it came to be chilling on a buoy out at sea - a conundrum that local media reports claim left beach-goers pretty spooked.
The woman who found the spider later posted the photos of it on Facebook, where many people commented to say they felt baffled and petrified in equal measure.
One social media user asked: "What the hell is it and how did it end up in the ocean?"
Another person said: "Honestly, I would be happier if I saw a shark than this."
A third added: "So, I am not even safe in the water? If I saw this, I would drown. Without a doubt."
While a fourth wrote: "I would have a heart attack the second I saw one of them!"
I mean, maybe the spider just wanted to escape all of hate it was getting on dry land - retreating to the sea for an hour or so in a bid to let those worries simply float away.
But nope, it seems a spider can't even chill out on a buoy in the ocean without getting flak these days. Poor guy.
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