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Gigantoid Spider

Posted: Fri Oct 24, 2008 4:25 am
by Goldenrat
Not sure if this is true, but if it is it is pretty cool. Supposedly a photo of a giant spider taking down a bird that it caught in its web.

http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,24 ... 60,00.html

Re: Gigantoid Spider

Posted: Fri Oct 24, 2008 12:40 pm
by G. E. Lee
Goldenrat wrote:Not sure if this is true, but if it is it is pretty cool. Supposedly a photo of a giant spider taking down a bird that it caught in its web.

http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,24 ... 60,00.html
Urk. I don't like spiders much. :shock:

Posted: Fri Oct 24, 2008 12:52 pm
by strawman
From http://www.spiderzrule.com/goldenorbweaver.htm:
The man who took the amazing photos of a spider eating a bird on the Tableland, west of Cairns, has been found. The images caused a media frenzy and sped around the world. A 75-year-old retired Tableland man, amateur photographer and bird enthusiast, took the pictures that sparked an international media frenzy yesterday in his Tableland back yard, near Cairns, last week. "It was an awful thing. The spider was just chewing into it's head," he told The Cairns Post.
"The spider's head was going up and down, and it was gouging into him (the chestnut-breasted manikin) at the top of his beak. It was still wrapping it up. "And then the spider just left it. It was like it was too big or something," the man said. Spider experts said yesterday the photographs showed the orb injecting venom into the stunned bird. But the photographer maintained that what he saw was a dead bird. The photos were originally sent around via an email and, when picked up by Cairns.com.au, the story travelled all the world via the internet. Cairns.com.au has received over 500,000 page views for the Spider Eating Bird story and photo gallery and have received comments from as far afield as Texas and New Jersey in America and from the UK. The story has obviously captured the world's imagination.ImageImageImageImageImage
Save this one for the next Super Animal deathmatch competition. The spider obviously isn't interested in eating the bird. It wants the feathers so it can fly.

Posted: Fri Oct 24, 2008 2:42 pm
by Goldenrat
Cool, thanks the info Strawman. I was skeptical.

Now if we could selectively breed these spiders to a bigger size we could have them as pets. Not sure how to instill a human-friendly temperment in to something like that but let's give it a shot.

Posted: Fri Oct 24, 2008 3:05 pm
by Mr. Tweedy
The Goliath spider is also known to eat birds. Those suckers can be a foot across and weigh a quarter pound. :shock:

Strangely, these humongous spiders actually aren't very dangerous. A bite from a quarter pound Goliath spider isn't really a big deal (not much worse than a bee sting) but a bite from a tiny little brown recluse can turn gangrenous and kill you.

Is it just me or do these little jumping spiders look positively cuddly?

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I just want to pick him up and squeeze him!

Posted: Fri Oct 24, 2008 5:31 pm
by strawman
Tell me this guy isn't wearing a beret and Lennon glasses...

Lennon Spider

Posted: Fri Oct 24, 2008 6:04 pm
by StalinSays
All he is saying, is give peace a chance.

Posted: Sat Oct 25, 2008 1:01 pm
by strawman
Definite bbardle possibility here. A little photoshop animation, and this guy could sing Imagine as a Drabblecast theme song.


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Posted: Mon Oct 27, 2008 2:35 pm
by Kevin Anderson
Does anyone know if spiderzilla killed the bird, or did it just find it dead and start munching

Posted: Mon Oct 27, 2008 4:26 pm
by normsherman
The thought of that struggle is pretty disturbing. Do spiders ever find stuff and just start munching?

Posted: Mon Nov 03, 2008 6:43 pm
by deflective
apparently it's hard to be australian, a bird, and alive all at the same time.

Posted: Mon Nov 03, 2008 6:50 pm
by Mr. Tweedy
Geez. Illinois is so lame.

Posted: Tue Nov 04, 2008 11:56 am
by cammoblammo
deflective wrote:apparently it's hard to be australian, a bird, and alive all at the same time.
Well, with the dollar going down the way it has the last few weeks we can only afford two on that list. Cripes, even that's getting to be a stretch.

Posted: Thu Nov 06, 2008 4:13 pm
by Goldenrat
Mr. Tweedy wrote:Geez. Illinois is so lame.
Yeah, I wish us North Americans wouldn't have killed off all of our megafauna. We need some cool nasties lurking in trees, webs, and around corners to make life more interesting.

Posted: Thu Nov 06, 2008 4:42 pm
by Mr. Tweedy
Goldenrat wrote:
Mr. Tweedy wrote:Geez. Illinois is so lame.
Yeah, I wish us North Americans wouldn't have killed off all of our megafauna. We need some cool nasties lurking in trees, webs, and around corners to make life more interesting.
Don't lose hope: There's always the chance genetic experiment going horribly wrong.

and heck

Posted: Fri Nov 07, 2008 12:38 am
by StalinSays
And heck, insects have a way of bettering themselves:

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news ... sions.html

First spider to go vampire = game changer

Posted: Fri Nov 07, 2008 12:50 am
by strawman
Why do we assume that because a single moth sucks blood instead of eating fruit that they all suck blood? Maybe they just found a Russian Goth Moth. I mean, imagine alien scientists observing Jeffrey Dahmer and concluding that he represented a newly evolved species.
They'd be wrong.
Wouldn't they?

Posted: Fri Nov 07, 2008 2:38 am
by Mr. Tweedy
Oh, I'm sure there are vampire spiders (or were, in the past). It seems like absolutely everything has existed somewhere at some point. If biology teaches us anything, it's never say never. Did this vampire spider live in symbiosis with a 2-ton flightless bird that uses its bites as way to eliminate toxins from its own blood so that it can eat an otherwise poisonous species of lemming? Probably.

Posted: Sun Nov 09, 2008 6:19 pm
by zZzacha
You guys are creaping the heck out of me!!!! WHAAA!!!!

I can handle almost anything, except for spiders. I awake from my semi winter sleep and you give me spiders?!? Thanks. Especially Mr. Tweedy, I haven't read a word you wrote between those pics of those cute cute spiders, because I my scrolling speed was way higher than my reading speed. Also, my eyes were pretty tight closed when I was scrolling, so it wasn't really a match.

I am very very glad I don't reside in Australia. Where I live (you know, that nice little country that used to have coffee shops, but now the government is thinking of closing them...) there seem to be bigger mosquitoes this year. I can live with that. I canNOT live with the bigger spiders that will be attracted to them. So I will have to kill myself in the near future. I mean, who can live with bigger spiders without having the drugs around to immediately forget about them?

Posted: Sun Nov 09, 2008 9:10 pm
by strawman
Fortunately for you, if the spidies get too big, the coffee shops now offer lethal dosages.
"First they came for the arachnophobes; but I was not an arachnophobe, so I said nothing..."