“This is the first time I’ve seen something like this,” Rada SC said. “It turns out that the ‘hairs’ were in reality the numerous legs of the spiders, and they were so close together it looked like a ball of hair.”
Rada SC suspects that the arachnids were a type of harvestmen — a harmless, slender-limbed species known to amass in large groups like this, likely as a defense from the harsh sun.
Fortunately, the harvestmen didn’t seem too bothered by having their gathering momentarily interrupted by the hikers.
“I tried my best not to injure any of them,” Rada SC said. “After a while, they immediately crawled back up and formed another ball.”
Sure, some folks may find the discovery to be a bit unnerving (especially given the “fur” ball’s cute potential). But Rada SC encourages people to approach it from a different perspective — after all, it was the highlight of the hike for him.
“When I shared the video I couldn’t believe how many people misunderstand arachnids and bugs. They want to kill or squash them instead of taking the time to learn their behavior,” he said. “I hope they eventually see it in amazement.”