There’s a sense of almost surreal shock when we see something that almost defies logic…like a guinea pig sized spider. Now, is that the biggest spider in the world? Sadly, no—there exist far worse horrors in this world. In fact, a huntsman spider is considered very docile. But the fact that this spider lived in a shipping container for three months, traveling the world, just to give some people a good spook. This shipping container spider is the stuff of nightmares.
The Freaky Shipping Container Spider
The Australian huntsman spider is considered the second largest spider in the world (the largest, if you count only leg span, which is 12 inches long). It beat only by the Goliath bird-eater because we live in a nightmare world.
The shipping container spider traveled all the way from Australia to the U.K. That’s a three-month trip of 16,000 miles—a remarkable journey for such a (relatively) little guy. Those who found the spider said it likely ate small insects that were found within the shipping container; although, spiders can live up to a year or more without food or water.
A group of men from Britannia Movers International were unloading shipping containers when one of the men spotted the storage container surprise and ran away. Dave Aldridge, one of the managers, ended up catching the spider, despite the fear his fellow docksman felt.
“I had three guys unloading, one ran about two miles up the road when he first saw it,” Dave told BBC. “He’s a handsome, furry guy, I caught him in a lunch box and took him home for my six-year-old son to see while waiting for the RSPCA to pick him up.”
Although very big, a huntsman spider is considered to be a friendly species of arachnid, only biting when threatened or protecting their egg sacs. They’re also low risk, non-venomous creatures. However, when they do bite, it can be rather painful.
You never know what you can find in a shipping container traveling across the world, whether it be a spider found in a shipping container or something else. This shipping container spider was likely not placed there on purpose, but unless it’s a brand-new refurbished container, anything could happen.