New Spidey Skill Revealed
Although they engender fear, spiders are a class of arthropods that are not only helpful to humans, but also possess a host of amazing skills. The latest research shows that, in addition to web-spinning and poison fangs, these eight-legged wonders have another superpower.
They can, using five different techniques, essentially walk on water.
Having a lot of legs helps in this talent, but mostly it’s body posture and water repellent feet that allow arachnids to negotiate puddles and streams. Their first method is sailing, which entails moving the whole abdomen upside down so it juts straight into the air. This way, their main bulk catches the wind and they glide through across waterways.
The second technique takes advantage of spider threads, extruded from the posterior and used to catch the wind. Research has shown that this method can result in traveling nearly 20 miles in one day.
Anchoring also uses silk, but in this approach the spider uses a strand of web to catch onto the surface of the water.
Speed walking is useful because spider’s feet are water repellent, thus they can scurry over short, watery distances.
Lastly, a spider is able to fake death and go into an absolutely frozen state. Their feet allow them to glide across moving water without sinking.