Be Thankful Spiders Haven’t Banded Together Against Humans
Humans generally think of themselves as the alpha predators of the world. We can basically kill and eat every creature on this planet and there is nothing they can do about it. Of course, this is assuming we’re dealing with them individually. What if they all banded together against us? Who would win? Could we end up becoming the prey instead of the predator? According to Martin Nyffeler of the University of Basel in Switzerland and Klaus Birkhofer of Lund University in Sweden and the Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg in Germany, if spiders decided to one day band together and fight back, we’d be toast. I’m guessing if you weren’t afraid of spiders before, you probably are now.
The report, which was originally published in the Washington Post, these spider experts said that the weight of all of the food consumed by the entire spider population in the world every year vastly outweighs the combined weight of all of us humans on the planet. This means that if they wanted to, spiders could easily gang up and crush us all like bugs (pun intended). Nyffeler and Birkhofer discovered that the combined spiders all over the world chow down on roughly 400 million tons of fish and meat every year. The combined weight of every adult human on earth (note this doesn’t include children and infants) comes to a mere 316.3 million tons. There is no doubt that we wouldn’t stand a chance.
What’s more is that it wouldn’t even take all of the spiders on earth to wipe out an entire country; and not one of those tiny countries like Denmark, but a mega country like Australia. Native Australian spider expert Kane Christensen said these findings were definitely accurate, and Australians would be the first ones to go. There are so many spiders in Australia that they easily outweigh the local human population. First of all there are way more spiders in the world than humans. And in terms of just their weight, not including how much they eat, they could easily crush us in terms of weight if they decided to all gang up on us. Thankfully, this is highly unlikely, as it is not in a spider’s biological nature to eat humans. So we’re safe…for now.
What would you do if spiders suddenly got together and ganged up on us humans? How would you protect yourself? Do you think they would wipe us out?