The planet surprises us with curious events every day. Often times they don’t have an explanation, and sometimes they do. Such is the case with a lake in Australia that turned into a cobweb-covered lake after a storm. While it didn’t surprise the locals, it doesn’t happen often.
Australia was the site of a surprising cobweb-covered lake
Gippsland Lake is a tourist spot in South Australia, a wild place of great beauty. After several days of storm with torrential rains, the shore of the lake was covered with cobwebs that covered everything. Although it seems unusual, the residents of the place report that this phenomenon is common in this lake. After the storm, the lake appeared to be covered by a thick, white blanket of cobwebs that stretched for more than a kilometer.
The explanation, according to experts, is simple: To survive the storm, spiders let go of their web to reach higher surfaces. Victoria Museum’s Insect Curator, Ken Walker, said that millions of spiders were likely to weave their webs as a means of survival.
A natural phenomenon that creates a surprising and beautiful landscape
The cobwebs covered part of the lake, the shore, the vegetation and the trees in the area. If the rain lasts for several days, flooding often occurs in the area around the lake. This is why insects seek the treetops to avoid drowning or being carried away by the current. As I said, the residents of the area are used to these events. On the same day the cobwebs were found at Gippsland Lake, part of a road was covered with cobwebs.
Between the Australian cities of Longford and Sale, large tracts of land, next to the lake and the road, were wrapped in a “gauze”. What definitely surprised the residents of these cities is the size of the cobwebs like never before.
Everyone agrees on the beauty of the landscape, all covered by a gauze-like blanket that flaps in the wind. Even some neighbors, as they passed through the place, believed that it was a large fishing net spread out on the ground.
What happened that a whole area was covered in cobwebs?
The storm that hit this area of Victoria was really violent and two people were found dead in two cars. The storm caused a disaster for the place, both in the houses and in the streets of Victoria.
The survival technique of the spiders is called ballooning (arachnid flight), in which insects throw silk in order to be able to climb into the air. Caught in the rain, the spiders have to flee quickly from the deepest places. As Walker explains, if there are millions of these insects, the result is as described. It is well known that nature has given certain species the instinct for survival. Because of this, millions of tiny spiders have managed to get to safety in time and leave a unique landscape with their cobwebs.