300-metre long Spider-web covers beach in Western Greece

300-metre long Spider-web covers beach in Western Greece

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

The freakish sight was the work of spiders from the genus Tetragnatha - otherwise known as stretch spiders due to their elongated bodies.

A video shows the web's thick blanket cloaking trees, bushes and shrubberies near the shore, with a quick shot of two spiders that appear to be mating.

But this particular spider-web is one of the largest ever witnessed and, as the local scientists admitted, the increased number of mosquitoes led to the appearance of more Tetragnatha spiders.

Wildlife experts say it's not uncommon for spiders to build massive nests for mating, especially when it's hot and humid towards the end of summer.

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Thankfully for residents, however, the species are harmless.

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

She noted that the phenomena had been seen before in the region in 2003, and that the spiders would soon die off, and the web would degrade naturally, leaving the vegetation undamaged. "They mate, they reproduce and provide a whole new generation", Chatzaki told the Greek news site, according to a translation from the BBC.

Molecular Biologist Maria Chatzaki said: "These spiders are not risky for humans and will not cause any damage to the area's flora".

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