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Meet the New Australian Fishing and Surfing Spider Named Brian


The newest-discovered member of the arachnid family in Australia is a good swimmer and fisherman.

Australia is home to all sorts of interesting wildlife and the newest spider to be found there is quite unique indeed. Meet Dolomedes briangreenei, or as researchers simply call it, Brian. This spider not only actually rides waves to navigate the water, but it eats fish, frogs and tadpoles too!

This spider is not small. It is about the size of the palm of your hand! Why is everything in Australia so ferocious and frightening-looking?

As for how such a unique spider got such a simple nick name as Brian, it is actually named in honor of physicist Brian Greene. He is a mathematics and physics professor at Columbia University and co-founder of the World Science Festival.

Even more interesting is the fact that this arachnid can actually dive beneath the surface to hide or catch its prey. In an additional bit of good news for Australia, the species preys on cane toads, which are considered a pest in the land down under.



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Meet the New Australian Fishing and Surfing Spider Named Brian