Why you should think twice about ‘dust’ in the air: Man films the bizarre moment thousands of spider eggs blow in from the sea in ‘creepy’ white web ‘balls’
- Thousands of spiders and spider eggs are blowing up on the beach in Sydney
- They are blowing in from the ocean between Sydney and the central coast
- locals and beach goers have described the event as ‘creepy’ and ‘weird’
Thousands of spiders, spider webs and spider eggs have been seen blowing in from the ocean between north Sydney and the central coast, turning a casual coastal stroll into many people’s worst nightmare.
A video shows some of the spider balls soaring up the cliff face at North Curl Curl beach in northern Sydney.
The man who posted the video to a local Facebook page said hundreds of the spider eggs were floating up at least 50metres and landing in the bush near the cliffs.
Thousands of spiders, spider webs and spider eggs have been seen blowing in from the ocean between north Sydney and the central coast
The spider eggs got caught in the wind and blown up the side of the cliff, the man said
He said he had lived in the area his whole life – and would ‘love an explanation’ to the unusual event which he said was ‘continuous up and down the headland’.
Others revealed the same thing had been happening in Freshwater, Dee Why and on the central coast for two days.
‘We have had a tonne of tiny black spiders floating through the air here too,’ one woman from the central coast said.
They can be seen in the video, blowing through the sea breeze
Here they are being pushed up the side of the cliff, the event was happening between northern Sydney and the central coast
‘What are ‘spider balls’ and where do they come from?
The phenomenon, dubbed ‘angel hair’, sees spiders climb to the top of vegetation and release a streamer of silk that catches on the breeze and carries them into the air.
Angel Hair is reportedly a migration technique that spiders have used to travel across the world.
The event can sometimes lead to entire fields and paddocks wreathed with a thin blanket of the silk.
In 2012, severe floods in the southern NSW town of Wagga Wagga saw thousands of spiders use the tactic to move to higher grounds.
Thankfully for arachnaphobes, the spiders that use the method are harmless.
Another said she saw ‘hundreds and thousands’ of spider balls and baby spiders at Mona Vale beach on Monday.
It has been suggested the event is a ‘ballooning of spiderlings’ however the fact they appear to be coming from the ocean is confusing the creeped-out locals.