If you love bananas, you might want to stop reading now.
Imagine enjoying a fresh, delicious banana only to find a spot of what looks like mold. Disappointing, sure...until it moves. Then it just becomes terrifying.
London resident Consi Taylor was halfway through a Colombian Fair Trade banana when spots that she thought were mold were actually baby Brazilian wandering spiders hatching right before her eyes, reported the Mirror Monday.
"I got halfway through the banana when I saw something white on the skin. I thought it was mold, but when I had a closer look I saw some funny looking spots," Taylor told the Sun. "I had a closer look and was horrified to see they were spiders. They were hatching out on the table, scurrying around my carpet. I was so scared I cried."
Taylor and her husband returned the rest of the bananas to the Sainsbury's supermarket where she bought the fruit, and received a 10-pound ($16) coupon for their troubles.
Fortunately, the Taylors also sent photos of the spiders to a local pest-control company, who identified them as Brazilian wandering spiders, listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most venomous spiders on Earth.
According to Spiderschool, Brazilian wandering spiders are usually found in South and Central America, and are nicknamed "banana spiders" for their tendency to hide in banana bunches. Guinness states that the wandering spider's venom is so toxic t only takes 0.006 milligrams to kill a mouse.
The Taylors were told to leave their home immediately in case of an infestation. With their two children in tow, the family set up camp in a nearby hotel while their home was fumigated. Sainsbury's paid for the fumigation and the hotel stay.
According to the New York Daily News, a spokesman for the supermarket chain said, "We're very sorry and have apologized to Mr. and Mrs. Taylor."
"We do have rigorous controls on imported products at all stages — from harvesting to transportation — which is why this is so rare."