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New Species of Spider That Emerges Only at Low Tide Has Been Named After Bob Marley

Researchers got their inspiration from Marley’s hit 1973 song “High Tide or Low Tide.”


A new type of spider was discovered in Queensland in 2009. It emerges only during low tide in Australia; the sea along the coast of Queensland revealed a score of water-adapted spiders when the waters recede.

This species of marine spider was recently named Bob Marley – yes, after the reggae legend himself. Researchers got their inspiration from Marley’s hit 1973 song “High Tide or Low Tide.”

Listed scientifically as Desis bobmarleyi, the Bob Marley intertidal spider has adapted to the underwater life by hiding during high tide.

They seek shelter in shells, corals, or kelp holdfast. This was revealed on a study recently published in the journal of Evolutionary Systematics.

Dr. Barbara Baehr, one of the authors of the study, said that in order for the spiders to breathe, “they build air chambers from silk.”

“Once the sea water recedes, though, they are out and about hunting small invertebrates that roam the surfaces of the nearby rocks, corals and plants.”

Dr. Baehr, who is from Queensland Museum, said that both genders of the spider have predominantly red-brown colors. Their eggs are orange-brown and covered with a thick layer of hair-like structures that are long, thin, and dark-grey.

She also said that the female spiders look larger. Their studied specimen was nearly 9 mm, compared to the male which was about 6 mm long.

Researchers added that the species are “truly marine.” They haven’t discovered the exact regions where these creatures live but they recorded the species from the inter-tidal zones of the Great Barrier Reef, which are located on the northeastern coast of Queensland.

As for their decision to name the spiders after the reggae legend, Dr. Baehr said that “The song ‘High Tide or Low Tide’ promotes love and friendship through all struggles of life.”

“It is his [Bob Marley] music that aided a field trip to Port Douglas in coastal Queensland, Australia to collect spiders with a highly unique biology.”


Here Are The 14 Winners of This Year’s Comedy Wildlife Photography

They are just as wild and funny as anyone would expect.

A new year is on its way, and it is only understandable for people to look back at the things that happened. While some moments are deemed sad, others are worth being proud of. And, oh, let us not forget the funny ones!

Speaking of funny ones, we here at Elite Readers decided it is time to round up the funniest photos of the year. The only catch, however, is that we are about to feature the wildlife. Interestingly, there is an actual competition for this sort of thing. It is even meant to spread awareness about wildlife conservation, and it is called Comedy Wildlife Photography.

Photographer Paul Joynson-Hicks, one of the founders of the competition, was quoted saying:

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Smart Dog Waits For The Green Light Before Crossing The Street

Smarter than some humans? This dog knows exactly when to cross the street!

Traffic lights, also known as stoplights, are installed in major roads to direct vehicular traffic. The main purpose, of course, is to ensure everyone’s safety. As we all grew up, we learned what each of the three colors meant – red is for stop, green is for go, and yellow is for proceed with caution.

And yet the sad fact of the matter is that not everyone follows these simple guidelines. Just ask traffic officers about it and they’ll tell you that, from time to time, they still have to apprehend motorists and pedestrians violating the rules.

Smarter than some humans? This dog knows exactly when to cross the street!

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Residents Are Puzzled As Dozens of Octopuses Were Found Ashore on a Beach in Wales

It happened three nights in a row.

Imagine waking up one morning and heading to the beach, only to find around two dozen octopuses washed ashore. Maybe your first instinct is to think that you're hallucinating and seeing weird things. Upon checking that the creatures on the sand are definitely real, you would probably assume the worst - doomsday is upon us. Or maybe not.

This must be what the residents of Ceredigion, a small coastal village in western Wales, must have felt when they saw a group of cephalopods scattered on New Quay beach. They were washed ashore and reports say that the "octopus march" happened three nights in a row.

You would be puzzled too if you find dozens of them on a beach near you.

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