Spiders have blanketed a Greek lagoon in 300-meter cobwebs

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Cobwebs cover the beach in Aitoliko Lagoon Greece. Giannis Giannakopoulos

Greece is drowning in the web.

She explained that the seasonal phenomena occurs when the spiders are mating, and that an increase in the mosquito population this year had lead to flawless conditions for a population explosion among the spiders.

In a truly "Lord of the Rings"-esque phenomenon, thousands of tiny spiders have carpeted a lagoon in Greece with cobwebs as long as 300-metres (984 feet), The Guardian reports".

Local Giannis Giannakopoulos shared pictures Monday of what he described as a "strange and unprecedented spectacle" on his Facebook page, garnering dozens of shares.

Giannis Giannakopoulos
Giannis Giannakopoulos

The freaky sight was the work of spiders from the genus Tetragnatha - otherwise known as stretch spiders due to their elongated bodies.

Maria Chatzaki, professor of molecular biology and genetics at Democritus University of Thrace, told Newsit Greece's high temperatures are creating the flawless climate for reproduction. "They mate, they reproduce and provide a whole new generation", Chatzaki said.

It's thought the region's high temperatures and an increase in the mosquito population provided the ideal conditions for the creepy-crawlies. By the end of summer and in early autumn on the beaches dominated by spiders tetragnathid.

"These spiders are not unsafe for humans and will not cause any damage to the area's flora". Plus, they probably won't stick around too long.

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