Huge spider web covers 1,000ft of land

Huge spider web covers 1,000ft of land

The video, posted on YouTube by Giannis Giannakopoulos, shows a beach in the town of Aitoliko covered in webs almost 300m long.

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

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

Thankfully, the webs won't be around to menace the people of Aitoliko forever, according to Maria Chatzaki, a professor of molecular biology and genetics at Democritus University in Thrace, Greece.

A gallery of the large spider web is available at the Greek website Newsit.

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The web that spans 1,000 feet is thought to be the product of spiders that belong to the Tetragnatha family, also known as stretch spiders due to their elongated bodies.

Giannakopoulos said it appeared the spiders were gathering on the eastern side of the beach, adding there was a "huge veil" of them covering palm trees and other vegetation. Though those with phobias may find the sudden presence frightening, experts say these spiders aren't unsafe to humans and were likely just taking advantage of favorable mating conditions.

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

Fortunately, the spiders shouldn't cause any permanent damage to the area's plants.

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