Spider silk, renowned for its toughness, has recently been shown to have an unusual use—at least for one eight-legged wonder.

Scuba Spider

The water spider (Argyroneta aquatica) is able to use air collected on its abdomen so that it can spend long periods of time underwater.

A water spider, which spends most of its life underwater, spins something like a scuba tank. This spider can trap air bubbles from the water’s surface and store the air in a silk membrane, where the carbon dioxide is diffused out. This gear allows the spider to remain submerged for lengthy periods of time.

This remarkable spider shouts the wisdom of its Designer.

Help keep these daily articles coming. Support AiG.

Risk-free trial issue!

Risk-free trial issue!

If you decide you want to keep Answers coming, simply pay your invoice for just $24 and receive four issues (a full year) more. If not, write “cancel” across the invoice and return it. The trial issue is yours to keep, regardless!

Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery.
New subscribers only. No gift subscriptions.
Offer valid in U.S. only.