The subhead says: Scientists have found an enormous, previously unknown, species of venomous spider in a remote Sri Lankan village!
(FYI, the headline and sub did not have the exclamation points, I added those)
It sounds crazy and fun and OF COURSE I want to see a tarantula the size of a human face. WHO WOULDN’T? Bring it on!
When you go to the story you do get pictures of this supposedly ginormous arachnid. But all the pictures are of this spider posing on wood. Because it reportedly likes to live on old trees, ya know? Which is cool except… HOW CAN I TELL OF THIS SPIDER IS THE SIZE OF A HUMAN FACE IF IT’S ON A FREAKIN STUMP? It could be a tiny tree stump. How do I know? Where’s the much-needed perspective?
If you want to shock and awe people with a spider the size of a human face, you stick somebody’s face in the picture. I don’t think they were scared — these scientists are said to have crawled through war-torn jungle to seek out this spider. And yet they seem to have totally blown their opportunity to blow our minds.
All I know is that there’s a British Tarantula Society and it publishes a journal. I did not know that before today, so there’s something.
Ah well. The link is below if you want to see the spider’s botched model shots.
h/t to Barry K. @ CSICOP
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