|Other Names||Fishing Spider|
The wind fisher, also known as the fishing spider, appears as a large grey spider with a black marking on its back. The black marking is different for every individual. The spider has a leg span of about eight inches and weighs about a pound. It is covered by a soft grey fur and has glassy, black eyes. Despite its size, it is able to move quickly and nimbly.
The wind fisher prefers not to fight, especially against creatures larger than it. When it must fight, it will coil up a mass of thread within its abdomen and fire at an opponent, aiming for what it believes is the eyes in an attempt to blind its opponent and then flee. If forced to, it can deliver a nasty bite.
The wind fisher is always found in forests. It likes to build its nests in trees and spends most of its time up in trees wind fishing. See below. Wind fishers congregate in large groups and fish together. Sometimes, four or five wind fishers can be found in a single tree. These groups are not common and one may pass through an entire forest and see only one such group of wind fishers.
The thread that the wind fisher uses reflects sunlight beautifully. Often, thousands of these threads can be seen drifting and waving in the wind. Of course, the actual threads cannot be seen, just the glinting of sunlight off of them. Sunlight reflecting off of wind fisher threads is a beautiful sight. The elves consider good luck to see this shimmering effect before a battle or some other undertaking.
The wind fisher is able to generate a unique form of spiders thread. Wind fisher thread is much thicker and stronger than normal spiders thread. The thread is also transparent and difficult to see. Though light, it is as strong as string and can hold several pounds. The wind fisher is able to reel this thread in and out quickly. Its usual method of obtaining food is to reel out several dozen threads, each about 10 to 12 meters long and attach them to twigs and branches. These strands will float and wave about in the wind. They never get tangled since the threads will not stick to each other. Insects will collide with one of the sticky strands and the spider will reel the victim in to be consumed. Scholars believe the spider both watches the threads and feels for vibrations. Some threads float close to the ground, others near the tops of the trees. Extremely large wind fishers have been known to pluck birds out of the air and small animals off of the ground.
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