While not the most pleasant reality for those afflicted with a full onslaught of arachnophobia, researchers have confirmed that a species of spider is able to utilize thermals and trade winds for traveling long distances and populating diverse areas.
According to Gizmodo, scientists have identified Ghost Spiders as masters of the high aerial transport lanes as the insects are able to manipulate their silk into a balloon-like structure and leave the travel plans up to the direction of the wind. The amazing species has been able to survive the 400 mile “flight” over the open ocean from Chile and successfully navigate a landing on the 35 square mile Robinson Crusoe Island. The new study concludes since 2012 three more species of the high adaptable Ghost Spider family may have reached the island, which is part of a national park run by the Chilean government.
Read the full Gizmodo article here.