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(VIDEO) Fish-Eating Spiders, Yes I Said Fish Eating Spiders

Fish-eating spiders not only exist, they are almost everywhere

As if spiders weren’t frightening enough, they also prey on fish. This report, from the Public Library of Science, proves that ‘fish predation by semi-aquatic spiders’ is happening on all continents, with the exception of Antarctica, and that the spiders capture fish much larger than themselves. The average fish captured and eaten by these spiders is over twice as long as the spider is.

Many animals feed on fish. Some of them are not considered aquatic predators, but still supplement their diet with the occasional fish. These animals, including some beetles and other large insects, are generally larger than the fish they prey on. Although spiders normally feed on insects, there have been numerous accounts of them supplementing their diet with small animals such as frogs, lizards, mice and even birds. Fish, however, were not considered a widespread part of their diet until recently. Especially fish larger than they are. Spiders are much more efficient predators than we gave them credit for.

The absence of spiders in Antarctica can easily be explained by there not being any spiders in the Antarctic. Even though many insects have adapted to living in the extreme cold, no known spider species have. Insects adapt to living in the Arctic and Antarctic regions by living on a host.

Images like these of a fake 'giant sea spider' began appearing around the internet:

However, the ‘giant sea spider’ does exist in the frigid water around the South Pole. Although they look and act like spiders, they aren’t true arachnids. Classified as chelicerates, they are closely related to the arachnid family, but share some of the characteristics of insects and crustaceans, as well.

Here is a real giant sea spider:

Thankfully the giant version of these beasties is limited to the Antarctic regions where the water has a higher oxygen content than anywhere else in the world. Finding one of those, feeding in your local trout pond would be something of a shock to most of us.

This guy finally gets a fresh catch at 0:34.

(VIDEO) Fish-Eating Spiders, Yes I Said Fish Eating Spiders

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Fish-eating spiders not only exist, they are almost everywhere

As if spiders weren’t frightening enough, they also prey on fish. This report, from the Public Library of Science, proves that ‘fish predation by semi-aquatic spiders’ is happening on all continents, with the exception of Antarctica, and that the spiders capture fish much larger than themselves. The average fish captured and eaten by these spiders is over twice as long as the spider is.

Many animals feed on fish. Some of them are not considered aquatic predators, but still supplement their diet with the occasional fish. These animals, including some beetles and other large insects, are generally larger than the fish they prey on. Although spiders normally feed on insects, there have been numerous accounts of them supplementing their diet with small animals such as frogs, lizards, mice and even birds. Fish, however, were not considered a widespread part of their diet until recently. Especially fish larger than they are. Spiders are much more efficient predators than we gave them credit for.

The absence of spiders in Antarctica can easily be explained by there not being any spiders in the Antarctic. Even though many insects have adapted to living in the extreme cold, no known spider species have. Insects adapt to living in the Arctic and Antarctic regions by living on a host.

Images like these of a fake 'giant sea spider' began appearing around the internet:

However, the ‘giant sea spider’ does exist in the frigid water around the South Pole. Although they look and act like spiders, they aren’t true arachnids. Classified as chelicerates, they are closely related to the arachnid family, but share some of the characteristics of insects and crustaceans, as well.

Here is a real giant sea spider:

Thankfully the giant version of these beasties is limited to the Antarctic regions where the water has a higher oxygen content than anywhere else in the world. Finding one of those, feeding in your local trout pond would be something of a shock to most of us.

This guy finally gets a fresh catch at 0:34.

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