'Sailing' Spiders Prove Escaping From Them Is Futile
University of Nottingham researchers found that some species of spiders adopt poses allowing them to use wind to glide across surfaces of water.By Christian Bryant | July 4, 2015
Arachnophobes: If you thought there was an ocean wide enough to keep spiders away, guess again.
Researchers the University of Nottingham's Spider Lab found some species of spiders are like tiny Magellans, in that they can "sail" across the ocean to colonize new areas. Their study is published in the journal BMC Evolutionary Biology.
To explore the seafaring characteristics of spiders, researchers collected 325 of them from 21 species around Nottingham in the U.K. When placed on water, more than a third of the spiders adopted yoga-like postures that allowed them to use wind and glide across the surface.