Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Giant Vampire Sea Spiders
Watching this CNN video took me on an emotional rollercoaster ride. My first response when I saw the title was, "WOW! GIANT SEA SPIDERS!" Then, as I watched it I realized, to my dismay, that the creatures filmed near Antactica . . .
A) weren't all that giant and
B) didn't really look like spiders.
But then I did a little research on Wikipedia and discovered that many sea spiders actually do resemble their land-lubbing cousins. (Especially dead sea spiders.) This makes them fairly interesting in my book. However, they also possess an unusual, vampire-like feature: a straw shaped proboscis which they insert into the animals before sucking out the juices. Yum! Read more here.