A gigantic tarantula the size of a human face has been discovered in Sri Lanka. Yes, your worst nightmares have come true.
The Biodiversity Education and Research (BER) organization in Sri Lanka has named the spider Poecilotheria rajaei, after police officer Michael Rajakumar Purajah led scientists through the jungle to find the new species, as reported by Wired.com.
The spider was known to exist three years ago when someone brought a dead one to the BER. A group was then created to find a living relative of the humongous tarantula, and it was eventually found in the former doctor’s quarters in the village hospital.
The spider had distinctive yellow marking on its legs that span a whopping 8 inches, and a pink band around its body. The tarantula is related to a South American class of spiders, which are the world’s largest.