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Airborne Spiders Can Sail on Seas

Spiders that travel on the wind are also adept sailors when they land on water, researchers have discovered.

Morito Hayashi, a spider researcher at the Natural History Museum in London, says that it had been assumed that a wet landing would be deadly for what are known as ballooning spiders—those that drift to new habitats on wind-blown silken threads that they spin to lift themselves aloft.

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