Brian, Australia’s newly discovered creature, an arachnid enjoys surfing like many of its compatriots. Austrians do not indulge in butchering a creature to death during surfing sessions, but the dolomedes briangreei does.
The spider takes the name of the string theorist, Professor Brian Greene, co-founder of World Science Festival. The spider uses surface vibration of the water for hunting the prey.
Robert Raven, Principal Scientist of Arachnology, Queensland Museum said that the spider remains on the surface of the water and whenever an insect appears, the spider grabs it in a flash and dives deep under the sea, but surfaces near the shore to consume the prey. The spider poses no danger to humans.
They are not afraid of superior creatures of higher weight, but are known to kill fish and cane toads of three times of the size of the spider.