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Visitors to the city of Aitoliko in western Greece today might be forgiven for feeling like J.R.R. Tolkien’s Frodo Baggins after he stumbled into Shelob’s lair within the second a part of The Lord of the Rings.

They needn’t worry as he did — sure, spiders have woven a 300-metre net alongside the shoreline, and there are millions of them beneath it.

But these spiders don’t threaten people — they’re simply there to occasion, in response to one professor.

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Tetragnatha spiders are identified to construct massive webs to allow them to mate, BBC News reported.

Nevertheless, at the least one resident within the space has by no means seen them so large, in response to CNN.

An enormous cobweb covers the vegetation alongside the coast of Aitoliko, about 250 km west of Athens, Greece, 18 September 2018 (issued 19 September 2019).

EPA/GIANNIS GIANNAKOPOULOS through AP

“It’s natural for this area to have insects, no one is especially worried,” Giannis Giannakopoulos advised the community.

“But I have never seen any spiderwebs this big in my life.”

Molecular biology professor Maria Chatzaki advised Greek web site Newsit.gr that increased temperatures, meals and humidity have fostered circumstances which have allowed the spiders to have loads of offspring.

As translated by BBC, she mentioned, “It’s as if the spiders are profiting from these circumstances and are having a sort of a celebration.

“They mate, they reproduce and provide a whole new generation.”

Chatzaki doesn’t anticipate that the spiders will hurt flora.

“The spiders will have their party and will soon die,” she mentioned.

Giannakopoulos captured a video that confirmed the webs alongside Aikolito’s shoreline.

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Weather circumstances in Aikolito have additionally allowed gnats to thrive — they usually’re the favorite meals of Tetragnatha spiders, Fotis Pergantis, a biologist and president of the Messolonghi National Lagoon Park, advised CNN.

As gnats have grown in quantity, so too have they attracted the spiders’ consideration.

“It’s the simple prey-predator phenomenon,” Pergantis mentioned.

Here are some extra pictures of the enormous spiders’ net in Aikolito: 

An enormous cobweb covers the vegetation alongside the coast of Aitoliko, about 250 km west of Athens, Greece, 18 September 2018 (issued 19 September 2019).

EPA/GIANNIS GIANNAKOPOULOS through AP

An enormous cobweb covers the vegetation alongside the coast of Aitoliko, about 250 km west of Athens, Greece, 18 September 2018 (issued 19 September 2019).

EPA/GIANNIS GIANNAKOPOULOS through AP

An enormous cobweb covers the vegetation alongside the coast of Aitoliko, about 250 km west of Athens, Greece, 18 September 2018 (issued 19 September 2019).

EPA/GIANNIS GIANNAKOPOULOS through AP

An enormous cobweb covers the vegetation alongside the coast of Aitoliko, about 250 km west of Athens, Greece, 18 September 2018 (issued 19 September 2019).

EPA/GIANNIS GIANNAKOPOULOS through AP

 

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