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If you hate spiders, this scene may appear to be straight from a horror movie, but unfortunately (or fortunately), it's a real 300-metre-long (1,000-foot) spiderweb found in the western Greek town of Aitoliko. It blankets everything from trees to shrubs near a lagoon on the shores of the town, and was spun by spiders from the genus Tetragnatha, which are also known as stretch spiders due to their elongated bodies. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
"These spiders are not dangerous for humans and will not cause any damage to the area's flora. When an animal finds abundant food, high temperatures and sufficient humidity, it has the ideal conditions to be able to make large populations. The spiders will have their party and will soon die," said molecular biologist Maria Chatzaki from the Democritus University of Thrace in Greece.