This is a story that is egregiously bogus. Wolf spider lays eggs in man’s toe during cruise.
No. Just no. Libel. I only had to read the headline to know that it is bullshit.
Colin Blake was celebrating his 35th wedding anniversary in France when his toe turned purple overnight.
Growing concerned, Mr Blake visited the ship’s doctor and found that a Peruvian wolf spider had bitten him and laid eggs in his toe.
After being given antibiotics to combat the toxins, a “foreign body” was cut out of his toe and he is set to make a full recovery.
Wolf spiders are well-known for laying eggs in a sac — a sac that they then carry around, tending until the spiderlings emerge. They do not lay eggs with a bite, which is anatomically impossible.
What this tells me is that the “doctors” on cruise ships are grossly incompetent. There was no “egg” in that man’s toe.
The next day his toe had become swollen and turned purple, prompting a trip to the ship’s doctor.
The medical staff cut his toe open with a scalpel and a milk-like pus came out.
The pus looked like it contained tea leaves, which turned out to be spider eggs.
What the fuck? That’s not what spider eggs look like. I suspect malpractice.
Back in the UK, Mr Blake was treated at hospital and was given a course of antibiotics to reduce the swelling.
Once the swelling subsided, the spider’s fang marks could be seen as well as the toxin making his way through his foot.
No, they couldn’t. How do you see a toxin?
Four weeks after the bite, Mr Blake discovered a “foreign body” in his foot.
Mr Blake said: “One of the spider eggs hadn’t been flushed and must have hatched.
“They believe the spider was making its way out – eating its way out of my toe.”
The antibiotics had killed the young spider and doctors then removed it by cutting open Mr Blake’s toe.
AAAARGH. No. Spider eggs can’t survive imbedded in human flesh, and they’re not going to eat their way out.
This is outrageously bad “journalism,” without even the most basic fact-checking, or even cursory questioning of the plausibility of the account.
Also, they illustrate the article with a photo of a Brazilian wandering spider, the least of their offenses.