With the word ‘spider’, all that starts flashing in our minds is a well-knitted cobweb
hanging from the corner of a ceiling. But if we tell you that there exists a spider which can swim to catch its prey for survival, will you believe us? Well, this isn’t a fiction as Australian scientists have now discovered a spider that can ride on waves to catch hold off tadpoles, fish, frogs, and cane toads for eating.
, which is found in fresh water around Brisbane, can sit on water to wait for its catch. Once it succeeds, the spider goes back to shore to enjoy its meal. If you are worried that you too can be on the hit list of this terrifying spider, that’s not the case.
Robert Raven, Principal Scientist of Arachnology at the Queensland Museum
, said, "I've been bitten by this spider and it’s not particularly dangerous. It just stung for a little while."
It has been named as dolomedes briangreenei
in honor of Professor Brian Greene
, a renowned string theorist and the co-founder of World Science Festival, which gathers great minds in science and the arts to produce live and digital content that allows a broad general audience to engage with scientific discoveries.
According to Brain Greene, “Physics is all about waves; understanding the universe is all about waves. With the announcement last month of humankind’s first detection of gravitational waves - ripples on the surface of space and time - I am particularly honoured to be so closely associated with a spider that has its own deep affinity for waves.”
The news report further revealed that spider Brian, which is no less than a mini crocodile, will soon be on permanent display at the Queensland Museum. Let us know what do you think about this creature in the comment section below.
(Image: World Science Festival, Brisbane)