This is the huge hairy tarantula that had beachgoers terrified after it was spotted sitting on a buoy in the sea.
The spider was spotted off the coast of Trogir, a town on southern Croatia’s Adriatic coastline, and was snapped by a fearless female beachgoer who posted the images on Facebook.
The spider is believed to be a Lycosa tarantula, also known as the wolf spider, and despite its terrifying appearance its venom is not particularly toxic to humans.
They have a tendency to flee at the approach of any large animal and will rarely bite unless provoked.
However, local media reports claim that the eight-legged creature left beach-goers terrified.
It is still unclear how the tarantula ended up on the buoy out at sea.
Netizen ‘Ingrid Stulic’ asked: “What the hell is it and how did it end up in the ocean?”
‘Ingrid Stulic’ commented: “Honestly, I would be happier if I saw a shark than this.”
‘Valentina Svec Kos’ wrote: “So, I am not even safe in the water? If I saw this, I would drown. Without a doubt.”
‘Iva Vuletic’ said: “I would have a heart attack the second I saw one of them!”
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