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Everything About Sea Spiders of South Africa

Did you know? – South Africa is home to many Pycnogonida. I mean Sea Spiders!! Have you ever seen them for real? You would be surprised to know that these creatures are not real spiders. Yes!! That is true! These are more like crabs and lobsters. These lobsters were sea spiders mostly living in oceans. 

Usually these sea spiders are small in size however some of the species of sea spider can reach up to 60 cm in size. Today I will be talking about Sea Spiders and types of species. 

Sea Spiders South Africa

When I first laid my eyes on these creatures, I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. Sea spiders are not your typical arachnids. No, these creepy crawlies have adapted to life in the ocean, and let me tell you, they are something straight out of a nightmare. Imagine a spider, but with a body stretched out like a twig, and legs that seem to go on forever. NO!! I would not want to encounter them again!

There are more than 1000 species of sea spiders around the world. More than 100 of these species are found in South African waters. Deep sea spiders are small orthopods with long legs. The size varies depending on the species.

They eat small marine animals like worms and mollusks. These creatures come in various sizes, shapes and colours. However the brown and red legged sea spiders are the most common.

Despite their creepy appearance, sea spiders are actually quite fascinating creatures. Did you know?? They feed primarily on soft-bodied animals like jellyfish and sea anemones, using their long proboscis to suck out their prey’s insides. It’s a gruesome sight to behold, but it’s all part of the circle of life in the ocean.

But perhaps the most incredible thing about sea spiders is their ability to survive in some of the harshest environments on Earth. From the icy waters of the Antarctic to the warm tropical seas of South Africa, these creatures have truly conquered the oceans.

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