The scene for residents in southern Australia was like something out of a horror movie, as many began noticing something very strange when they looked up in the sky.
Being carried through the wind were THOUSANDS of tiny spiders falling from the skies, leaving many in shock and horror.
â€œThe whole place was covered in these little black spiderlings and when I looked up at the sun it was like this tunnel of webs going up for a couple of hundred meters into the sky,â€ saidÂ Ian Watson of Goulburn.Â â€œâ€¦ I was annoyed because â€¦ you couldnâ€™t go out without getting spider webs on you. AndÂ Iâ€™ve got a beard as well, so they kept getting in my beard.â€
Resident Watson GoulburnÂ began asking others if they were experiencing the same thing, and quickly learned that the phenomenon was so wide-spread in his area, that it had attracted the attention of the scientific community.
The horrific scene residents were experiencing was a migration technique known as “ballooning,” where spiders use the wind to travel across several miles.
â€œThey can literally travel for kilometersÂ â€¦ which is why every continent has spiders. Even in Antarctica they regularly turn up but just die,â€ Naturalist Martyn Robinson of the Australian Museum stated.Â â€œThatâ€™s also why the first land animals to arrive on new islands formed by volcanic activity are usually spiders.â€
Flying spiders? Could you imagine anything more horrifying?!
H/T [Sydney Morning Herald]