Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help    |   Cookie Policy    |   Privacy Policy    RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in

Giant funnel-web spider is twice average size

Posted on Thursday, 6 February, 2020 | Comment icon 12 comments

It's bad news for arachnophobes. Image Credit: Samantha Villagran / sxc.hu
A gargantuan funnel-web spider that is double the normal size for its species has been discovered in Australia.
Named 'The Rock' after wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne Johnson, the enormous arachnid was discovered wandering around a suburb on the coast of New South Wales.

Fortunately it was quickly picked up and taken to John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle before being transported to the Australian Reptile Park where it will become part of a special 'milking' program that collects venom for use in the development of treatments for spider bites.
Funnel-webs are often considered to be one of the most dangerous species of spider in the world as they are capable of delivering a very nasty bite that has the potential to prove deadly.

Researchers believe that this particular specimen managed to reach its colossal size due to a period of very wet weather followed by intense heat - the perfect combination for funnel-web spiders.

Worryingly, this could also mean that there are other mammoth specimens still out there.

Source: Heart.co.uk | Comments (12)

Tags: Spider, Australia

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #3 Posted by Seti42 on 6 February, 2020, 22:00
Personally, I'm eternally grateful nature has set a hard limit on how big insects and arachnids can get on earth and still survive. If spiders could grow to the size of dogs (or horses!), we'd all actually need assault rifles.
Comment icon #4 Posted by freetoroam on 6 February, 2020, 22:14
Why? You do not shoot dogs or horse - do you? 
Comment icon #5 Posted by Not Your Huckleberry on 6 February, 2020, 23:09
Beautiful, but still nothing compared to a few of these I kept. They're some of my favorites! They're... Tenacious.  Macrothele gigas, can grow to 6“. The thing is, noone has really studied their venom, so we technically don't know how toxic they are to humans. The general advice is simply 'don't get bitten'.    And a girl who realizes you have all that and isn't totally freaked out is a special kinda gal. 
Comment icon #6 Posted by Seti42 on 6 February, 2020, 23:52
You're being an idiot. Dogs and horses pose little danger. Giant sci-fi/fantasy style spiders, on the other hand, would be an extreme danger to the human race and most other terrestrial animals if they existed.
Comment icon #7 Posted by 'Walt' E. Kurtz on 7 February, 2020, 0:27
Australia the land where the spiders are so big they have health bars. Still remember that huge huntsman i saw there  ( shivers) 
Comment icon #8 Posted by 'Walt' E. Kurtz on 7 February, 2020, 0:27
Beer holder
Comment icon #9 Posted by freetoroam on 7 February, 2020, 8:16
In their own environment they have a right to live. Just do not build a house there! There are wild dogs which are in their own environment, https://www.worldwildlife.org/species/african-wild-dog They are a threat as much as humans. Ofcourse we have to protect ourselves and our livestock, but some humans are too ready to get their guns out. There is no need to just shoot everything which could be a threat to us when we decide we want to live on their land.  Thankfully the spider has not been shot and can be useful  
Comment icon #10 Posted by fred_mc on 7 February, 2020, 11:03
Poor Australians, as if massive forest fires weren't enough.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Matt221 on 7 February, 2020, 19:04
pretty cool i like to see spiders around our house and garden the closest we get here is false widows i got bitten by one a while ago and it actually drew blood but that was when i was healthy and not on loads of heart pills and blood thinners i don't fancy gettin bitten now just in case ....... i must add my wifey dosn't share my love of arachnids not even big old house spiders 
Comment icon #12 Posted by Amanda Evans on 7 February, 2020, 19:58
Visit Australia they say...

Please Login or Register to post a comment.

  On the forums
Forum posts:
Forum topics:


 Spirituality vs Skepticism
  Atheist vs. Agnostic Label
  How can Judas have betrayed Jesus?
  You don't have a soul
 Space Exploration, Spaceflight and Astronomy
  Bootes void thoughts
  Bootes void
  Betelgeuse and dimming
Scientists are developing bouncy pavements
A novel new type of rubber pavement being trialled in Sweden could help to save thousands of lives.
Ice makes strange sounds in bizarre new video
Dropping a chunk of ice down a 450ft borehole can produce weird sounds resembling cartoon ricochets.
Arrokoth rewrites theory of planet formation
New Horizons' encounter with a Kuiper belt object has turned what we know of planet formation on its head.
Live tree frog is found inside a green pepper
An unsuspecting amphibian recently found itself at the center of a very peculiar mystery in Quebec, Canada.
Stories & Experiences
The babysitter
2-8-2020 | ON
Mystery brain surgery and JFK
2-7-2020 | Toronto Ontario Canada
I keep bringing spirits home
2-7-2020 | Michigan
Dog and Jamaican statue
1-10-2020 | Canada
Life changing experience
12-19-2019 | Australia
Unexplained smoke or fog
12-19-2019 | West Texas, USA
He came in the night
12-19-2019 | CA
My reptilian encounter
11-24-2019 | Ireland and Australia

         More stories | Send us your story
Featured Videos
Gallery icon 
Adam Savage and Spot
Posted 2-14-2020 | 1 comment
Adam Savage tests out Boston Dynamics' impressive Spot robot.
NASA 2020: Are you ready ?
Posted 1-1-2020 | 3 comments
A look at what's coming up in the world of spaceflight this year.
Is it possible to levitate a human ?
Posted 12-15-2019 | 2 comments
Science enthusiast Rick Edwards attempts to unlock the secret of levitation.
What is the biocentric universe theory ?
Posted 12-6-2019 | 38 comments
TheoryInk takes a look at the concepts behind the idea of a biocentric universe.
Interview with Sophia the robot
Posted 11-21-2019 | 20 comments
The popular robot recently made an appearance on 'This Morning' in the UK.
 View: More videos
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.712 Unexplained-Mysteries.com (c) 2001-2020
Terms   |   Privacy Policy   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ