Spiders Take Over Greek Beach, With Vast Web Spanning 1,000 Feet

While the giant spider-web in Aitoliko, Greece, might look freakish, the phenomenon is not at all harmful for humans, animals in the region, or the local flora.

Spiders have taken over a seaside town in Greece, as video shows webs coating almost 1,000 feet of the shoreline.

Newsweek reports that "warm temperatures and an abundance of food" has prompted an "explosion in the spider population" in the western town of Aitoliko, where their webs now cover an area stretching 300 metres.

Maria Chatzaki, professor of molecular biology and genetics at Democritus University of Thrace, told Newsit Greece's high temperatures are creating the ideal climate for reproduction.

The web has been built by spiders of the Tetragnatha genus.

Footage taken by local Giannis Giannakopoulos shows the web completely cloaking trees, bushes and shrubberies near a lagoon.

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

"The spiders will have their party and will soon die", she said, per the BBC.

"It's as if the spiders are taking advantage of these conditions and are having a kind of a party".

Greek biologist Fotis Pergantis said the spiders are trying to catch gnats.

"These spiders are not risky for humans, and will not cause any damage", molecular biologist Maria Chatzaki told Greek news websites.

The tiny spiders don't pose a danger to area humans or plants, Chatzaki told NewsIt, though their rising numbers may be linked to an increase in mosquito populations.

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