One of the world’s most dangerous spiders was discovered breeding under a man’s bed. He photographed the spider, which earned the Wildlife Photographer of the Year for Urban Wildlife prize.
A man found one of the world’s most venomous spiders under his bed and it was the “size of his hand”.
Gil Wizen, a photographer, found little spiders in his bedroom. He decided to look around his room to see where they were coming from. When he glanced under his bed, he was taken aback.
Wizen came saw a massive Brazillian wandering spider and its offspring. When the incident occurred, he was living on a reserve in Napo, Ecuador.
Gil Wizen found this Ecuadorian Amazon spider guarding a thousand babies that hatched from an egg sac under his bed
Interestingly, Wizen won a Wildlife Photographer of the Year award for Urban Wildlife for the picture of the spider titled ‘The spider room’.
“Not only there were literally thousands of spiderlings under the bed, right beside them rested one of the biggest ‘non-tarantula’ spiders I have ever seen. Its body length was 45mm but with its leg span it could easily cover my hand,” Wizen said on his blog.
The Brazilian wandering spider is also known as the armed spider or the banana spider. Their bite can be fatal to humans, particularly youngsters, although antivenin makes death unlikely.
Meanwhile, photographer Laurent Ballesta’s rivering underwater snap, which captured the moment camouflage groupers hurried to release their sperm into a white cloud of eggs dropped by a female fish, has won the top award for Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2021.
Laurent Ballesta’s image shows a trio of camouflage groupers exiting their milky cloud of eggs and sperm (Image: Laurent Ballesta)
Vidyin R Hebbar, a 10-year-old Indian photographer, was named Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year for his shot titled ‘Dome Home’ of a tent spider in its web.