Scared of spiders? You might want to nix one part of Australia off your travel list. I’m packing a flamethrower if I ever go.
Goulburn, New South Wales saw millions of spiders fall to the ground earlier this year. This ‘spider rain’ regularly happens during this time of year, according to local reports.
The phenomenon is called mass ballooning. Tiny spiders climb onto an elevated point in their current habitat. Then they send out silk strands into the air. Slight air currents lift them towards their new home.
Why do these spiders do it? Scientists aren’t sure.
Local residents didn’t seem to concerned. “Because they were little baby spiders, it wasn’t as freaky – if they were huntsman spiders coming down, I think I would have set fire to the place and taken off,” local farmer Ian Walker told Mashable.
Ok, so what does a huntsman spider look like to scare an Aussie?
Welp, there goes Australia off my bucket list. Credit: Wikipedia/Jon Richfield
Sometimes, it really does rain animals
The ‘spider rain’ occurred on a nice, calm day. But, there are instances where it does rain animals. Most of the time, it’s just fish, but frogs, worms and spiders have fallen due to local weather events.
Last May, fish rained down in a village in Sri Lanka. About 110 pounds of small fish were lifted into the air from a nearby river during strong winds.
Worms fell in Jennings, Louisiana in 2007 after a nearby waterspout lifted them into the air.
And, tadpoles rained down in a coastal region of Japan in 2009.