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Apparently, There's A Species Of Spider That Knows How To Fish

NOVEMBER 9, 2015  —  By Tim Unkenholz  
Tim Unkenholz

Tim Unkenholz

Writer and stand up comedian in NY. Check out my monthly comedy show Roomie Raiders at the Creek and The Cave! @timunken

We went over a few types of household spiders that you should stay away from, but that doesn't even come close to detailing all of the terrifying spiders that share this planet with us. For instance, did you know that there's a spider that hunts and kills fish?

The Dolomedes spider is known to catch small fish as easily as grizzly bears catch salmon. What's next? Snakes hunting in packs like wolves? Nothing is sacred.

Dolomedes spiders -- also known as fishing spiders -- are semi-aquatic. They love waiting on the edges of creeks for their prey.

When they see ripples in the water, they pounce. These things seriously dive underwater to kill fish.

Using their claw-like front legs, they grab their prey and inject it with poison.

The stuff is so toxic that it kills the fish and jump-starts the digestion process even before consumption begins.

They might be small, but they're powerful creatures. Although their venom is strong enough to kill fish, humans who have been bitten by these spiders say that the pain feels similar to a bee sting. In other words, don't panic if you're bitten by one -- it won't be able to melt your flesh.