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Patrick "showed me photos of how they sleep at night, in pairs, the male with three of his legs protectively over the female beside him."
Originally posted by Blackmarketeer
Six-Legged Giant Finds Secret Hideaway, Hides For 80 Years (NPR.org)
They call it "Ball's Pyramid." It's what's left of an old volcano that emerged from the sea about 7 million years ago. A British naval officer named Ball was the first European to see it in 1788. It sits off Australia, in the South Pacific. It is extremely narrow, 1,844 feet high, and it sits alone.
What's more, for years this place had a secret. At 225 feet above sea level, hanging on the rock surface, there is a small, spindly little bush, and under that bush, a few years ago, two climbers, working in the dark, found something totally improbable hiding in the soil below. How it got there, we still don't know.
Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
What they found under this solitary bush, that Boingboing writer Maggie Koerth-Baker describes as 'horribly awesome', you can read about in the source article by Robert Krulwich (NOT for the Entomophobes!).