Blanket of spider webs creates stunning scene in Greek town

The breathtaking scenery of clear blue Mediterranean Sea waters in Aitoliko has been spoiled by a massive spiderweb, which has sprung up next to a lagoon on the shores of the town.

The webs cover palm trees and plants in an area at least 300 metres long, the Daily Hellas reports. There are hundreds of species of these spiders that live in various parts of the world. Though those with phobias may find the sudden presence frightening, experts say these spiders aren't unsafe to humans and were likely just taking advantage of favorable mating conditions.

She told Newsit.gr: "It's as if the spiders are taking advantage of these conditions and are having a kind of a party".

Speaking to Greek news websites, molecular biologist Maria Chatzaki said that the spiders are not risky to humans and she not be feared.

It was likely that abundant food, high temperature and sufficient humidity had provided the ideal conditions for a large number of the spiders to come together to mate.

In the interview, Democritus University of Thrace assistant professor Maria Chatzaki said: "The spiders will have their party and die soon".

Local Giannis Giannakopoulos shared pictures Monday of what he described as a "strange and unprecedented spectacle" on his Facebook page, garnering dozens of shares.

The cobweb has completely swamped vegetation on the beach.

"It is probably a reaction of nature to balance the system by limiting mosquitoes", he wrote.

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