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Look away arachnophobes! Today the Department of Awesome Natural…

Look away arachnophobes! Today the Department of Awesome Natural Phenomena is marveling at this unbelievable footage from Tracey Maris via SunLive of a massive undulating spiderweb blanketing an entire field in Papamoa on New Zealand’s North Island.

This isn’t actually one continuous spiderweb. It’s the result of countless spiders reacting to recent flooding in the area by “ballooning, or essentially climbing up onto something high, aiming their abdomens toward the sky, and then firing strings of gossamer out of their spinnerets.” The wind catches the spiders’ threads and lifts them up, giving them each a ride to a higher, safer place. Whee!

[via Nerdist]

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