Spider Webs Cover Entire Greek Lagoon

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The white blanket sprung up in Aitoliko, a city in western Greece.

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

A Greek beach has been turned into an arachnophobe's worst nightmare, as spiders have covered it in a web some 300 metres long.

The cloudy web stretches over an abandoned boat, trees and rows of vegetation in photographs published to Facebook by user Giannis Giannakopoulos.

A 300m-long spider's web has settled over an area of greenery surrounding the coast, casting a ghost-like veil. They are often known as stretch spiders, as they have elongated bodies - and in another worrying development for those who fear spiders - Tetragnatha extensa are small enough and light enough to be able to run across water faster than they can move on land.

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According to local experts, its a seasonal phenomenon caused by Tetrahnatha spiders, which build large nests for mating in during the warmer weather.

"The spiders will have their party and will soon die", she told Sky News, adding that the phenomenon takes place every few years. These spiders are not unsafe for humans and will not cause any damage to the area's flora. They thrive in hot, humid temperatures and continue to reproduce during that time.

But this particular spider-web is one of the largest ever witnessed and, as the local scientists admitted, the increased number of mosquitoes led to the appearance of more Tetragnatha spiders.

"The spiders will have their party and will soon die".

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