Many reports of giant spiders have been recorded throughout history and in different locations around the world. In the Congo the spiders are called J'ba Fofi and while on an expedition a naturalist and cryptozoologist named William J. Gibbons found many stories from the locals. While the locals said these creatures were once more common they said they have become more and more rare. What Gibbons found interesting was that the locals did not describe the spiders as some supernatural creatures but as regular animals. They told of peanut sized eggs, the look and appearance of the babies, how as they age they change colors and many different details of the spiders life cycle.
The idea that giant spiders could possibly exist in the world really intrigues me. The argument against it is that it is impossible for a spider to get as large as the ones in these stories due to their vascular system. Spiders have book lungs and intake oxygen through many areas over their body. The larger they become though the more oxygen their bodies need and at some point the amount of oxygen they would need is not possible because the size of the vascular system required couldn't work....at least something along those lines. It's interesting though that in some reports people have believed to have seen these large spiders looking as though they might be "breathing", like we do, which would mean lungs of some sort.
It is one of the few cryptids I kinda hope exists.
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Weird Wilds is a personal art project that I am slowly working on based around cryptozoology, supernatural beings, aliens, and other things that go bump in the night.
Some people like monsters for how scary they can be but for me I am intrigued by the mystery and the “What if” of their existence.
This project is my way to explore those mysteries and bring fun art and monster merchandise to other fans of the subject.
This is a gallery-quality giclée art print on 100% cotton rag archival paper, printed with archival inks. Each art print is listed by sheet size and features a minimum one-inch border.