posted on Aug, 12 2010 @ 06:01 PM
Spiders might exist that have crawled out of nightmares. They're called the "J'ba FoFi" (giant spider, pronounced ch-bah foo fee) in Central
Many people might define a giant spider as one that's bigger than their hand. Some may think bigger and envision the horrifying Goliath 'bird
eating spider' that dwells in the darker corners of the ancient Amazon rain forest. That eight-legged terror spans a whopping 14-inches.
Unfortunately, those people aren't thinking big enough.
The size of the Congolese Giant spider-when its legs are included-is said to be up to five feet across.
According to cryptozoologists (researchers that investigate unknown creatures that have not been recognized by orthodox science), most of the J'ba
FoFi dwell in the Congo. Natives tell stories of the giant web-nests the spiders build, similar to a trap-door spider.
So I'm not much of a Cryptozoologist, but like many folks on ATS I find stories such as this one very interesting. I do believe there are species on
this planet that have avoided detection or at least being photographed. So I thought I'd bring it to the attention of some more experienced members
on here in the hope to gain some insight. In particular I would like to know if Terrence Aym has any sort of reputation in peddling garbage stories,
and also how reliable is the testimony of William J. Gibbons, the lead researcher in the story?
"R.K. Lloyd and his wife were motoring in the Belgium Congo in 1938 when they saw a large object crossing the trail in front of them. At first, they
thought it was a cat or monkey, but they soon realized it was a spider with legs [spanning] nearly 3 feet [across]."
The claims are quite wide ranging, not just from this couple but also many natives of the Congo, including a tribe of pygmies. All viewpoints and
additional information will be greatly appreciated!