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Sea Spider


This is a Sea Spider that I brought up on fishing line from a depth of 2000 feet near the island of Adak in Alaska. In 25 years that I have been a commercial fisherman, this is only the third specimen that I have ever seen. It is about 20 cm in diameter and has two curious hook-like arms that I guess might be used as anchors against the strong Aleutian current.



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Andrea Lim
Andrea Lim 11 years ago

Amazing creature John. Good spotting!

Fyn  Kynd
Fyn Kynd 11 years ago


KarenL 12 years ago

I've moved this to arthropods for you.

MicheleDibitetto 12 years ago

it basically looks like 8 legs joined together and that's it ! no head nor body ! Amazing creature ...worth a David Cronenberg movie... :D

oxyjack 12 years ago

How big was this one? The ones I've seen along the California coast have been pretty small ~ 1 cm.

MayraSpringmann 12 years ago


WOW!!! Hermosa!!! No sabía que existían!!! Increíble!!!

Steve A
Steve A 13 years ago

Spooky, yet attractive!

animaisfotos 13 years ago

Context given with the description is just wonderful. Valuable capture. Thanks for sharing.

Nadi88 13 years ago


Carolina 13 years ago

Oh my God, I have to agree with all of you! So awesome! But do you have it in water or how it survive in your house? You brought it from 2000 ft under water, and you live approximately 1200 ft above sea level!

ceherzog 13 years ago

Project Noah certainly expands one's horizons! So awesome!

JohnMatzick 13 years ago

Yes, in the 25 years that I have been a commercial fisherman, I have seen only 2 or 3. I actually have this specimen in a tupperware container in my house.

alicelongmartin 13 years ago

Very interesting!

peter 13 years ago

This is absolutely insane. I can safely say I've never seen anything like it before, wow!

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Alaska, USA

Spotted on May 3, 2010
Submitted on May 11, 2011

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