Oh my! Researchers in Virginia have found high levels of mercury in local songbirds. The birds live near a contaminated river, but do not eat any fish or other water creatures that might be contaminated. So, how did they get mercury inside of them?

Turns out the birds ate lots of spiders. And spiders are scavengers who’ll eat pretty much anything. Mercury from the environment accumulates in them, and gets passed along to the birds.

The next question is – how do the land-dwelling spiders get water-borne mercury inside of them?

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

The spiders (and all of us) are getting mercury from the coal-burning power plants.

posted on Sun, 05/25/2008 - 7:17am
scuba steve's picture
scuba steve says:

has any one seen spiders underwater?

posted on Sun, 05/25/2008 - 3:15pm
MrBig621188's picture
MrBig621188 says:

only pictures

posted on Tue, 05/27/2008 - 9:06am
koallainfestation37's picture
koallainfestation37 says:

the way i see it the spiders are, to some extent coming into contact with the water by some means. more or less contact with other animals and debris kicked into the air. thats what i think

posted on Tue, 05/27/2008 - 9:16am
Brittany_Todd's picture
Brittany_Todd says:

There is actually a type of spider that walks on water! I've spotted them up at my cabin...personally, I don't like spiders so I think it's really gross...


posted on Wed, 04/22/2009 - 7:10pm

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