By Russell Miller
Sea Spiders are very unusual animals and live in all the world’s oceans, including the Antarctic. They live in shallow and deep water, and have been collected as far down as 23,000 feet. The young are born with three pairs of legs, but as they mature, they grow an extra pair. They have a brain, a nerve-cord, and a pair of nerve junctions in each of their five body segments. Some have as many as four eyes. Unlike terrestrial spiders, they do not spin webs. They are carnivores, however, and can eat with a mouth as well as jab and suck fluids from their prey with a tube-like proboscis. The males carry and protect the eggs once they are laid.
ODDLY ENOUGH … The deeper and colder the ocean, the larger these animals grow. Some have been found to be over three feet across!
Bonus ODDLY ENOUGH … Though once thought to be frail and slow moving, recent footage has revealed Sea Spiders booking it across deep barren ocean floors.
Susan Winslow, a proprietress of a house of prostitution in Chicago in the 1890s, weighed 450 lbs and was too large for police to take into custody because she could not physically be removed from the premises. After repeated complaints from the public about her illicit operations, officers broke into her place of business and arrested her. Because she would not fit through the door, the frame and walls were sawed away to create an exit.
ODDLY ENOUGH … Susan was extracted with a horse and dragged to the police station amid her loud complaints about splinters.
Russell Miller is an illustrator, cartoonist, writer, bagpiper, motorcycle enthusiast, and reference librarian. Currently, he illustrates books for Cody Lundin and Bart King.