WATCH: Spider-pocalypse takes over as town is covered in webs

WATCH: Spider-pocalypse takes over as town is covered in webs

If dreams do come true then so do nightmares!

Spiderwebs cover town in eastern Victoria Australia
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Surprise, surprise, some weird animal thing is happening in Australia.

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While the news of creepy, gross, and dangerous animals in Australia is nothing new and might not be really shocking, these images and videos might be some of the craziest nature phenomena we've definitely ever seen!

We'd even bet on it that David Attenborough wouldn't even want to visit this town and its spiders.

In the Gippsland Victoria region of the land down under, residents were shocked to find that fields, paddocks, and massive pieces of land had been covered by spiderwebs!

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And we're not just talking about tiny spiderwebs in between flowers, leaves, and tree branches.

These webs are incredibly large and stretch for unbelievable distances.

But how did this happen?

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Australia had already experienced many natural disasters in recent months including lots and lots of flooding, which in some cases led to mice flocking to and destroying fields of crops, people having to flee their homes and evacuate, and more.

Now according to a senior curator of entomology at the Melbourne Museum, Dr Ken Walker, this is typical behaviour and should be expected when there are large amounts of rain, as they had just experienced during the winter.

The constant rain has drenched the surroundings, making it difficult for these spiders to move to the ground so instead, they remain above ground, safe and dry.

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To avoid the flooding the millions of sheetweb spiders, a nocturnal animal that can create webs up to 90cm long, spin themselves to safety above the ground and connect all of the webs to create a netlike structure.

Dr Walker also explains that these little critters usually spin their silks like parachutes and can then fly away, but this time they used their skills to get just out of danger. 

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Because there are such large numbers of spiders trying to escape their webs have started latching on to one another creating these webcovers. One of them stretched over 1 km long. This phenomenon is called the 'gossamer effect'.

If the webs weren't freaking you out enough already, here's another fun fact - according to Dr Walker, every spider only contributes one line of silk threading. That means that every line of silk represents one spider. And that is A LOT of silk.

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Residents started sharing pictures and videos online of this strange sight and not everyone is seeing eye to eye on the matter.

Some think it's beautiful while others are calling it the "spider apocalypse"!

See the webs of terror for yourself and you can decide:

Spiderwebs cover Victoria Australia
Spiderwebs cover town in eastern Victoria Australia

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Carolyn Crossley, a local council member, shared a video of the spiderwebs blowing in the wind:

We won't judge if you think this is beautiful but for us, it's a big no.

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Main image courtesy of Carolyn Crossley/Facebook

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