|Marco Foronda |||May 19, 2015 09:30 AM EDT|
The residents of Goulburn, Australia experienced a rather bizarre downpour of millions of tiny spiders fell from the sky.
The phenomenon was coined as “spider rain” and it happens usually during May and August, when clear skies and clam breezes are common. It is believed that the newly hatched baby spider made an effort to climb high elevations and make a parachute of silk into the air and they jump and ride along with the air.
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The migration technique is not that new, however, it is unusual to take to the simultaneously. “Angel hair” is coined to the blankets of silk that the flying spiders leave.
"They fly through the sky and then we see these falls of spider webs that look almost as if it's snowing. We see these vast areas of baby spiders, all coming down at once in the late morning or early afternoon,” said retiree in South Australia Keith Basterfield told the local paper, the Goulburn Post.
Basterfiled has spent more than a decade in studying “angel hair” and made a plea to most residents of Goulburn to keep in touch.
Though not an occurrence harmful to humans, as these spiders were way too tiny to even bite a person, the spider-rain did cause panic across the rural town, with residents citing the entire episode as an ‘invasion by the eight-legged creatures’.
Researchers say ground spiders often use the technique to find a new home after they've taken to the trees to avoid an especially wet period. That's what happened in 2012 in Southern Australia. A similar phenomenon was documented in Brazil in 2013.
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