That’s right. In a video that’s been circulating over the past several months, a tarantula is shown swimming around in a river in Big Bend Ranch State Park in Texas, and people are freaking out about it.
"In this video, we can see that the tarantula begins by swimming quickly for the shore, and then stops for a bit, close to the shoreline," Haley L. Yorke, a tarantula researcher at the University of Guelph, told The Dodo. "This is because maintaining such a high level of activity for an extended period is exhausting, and spiders tend to tire quickly when they fully exert themselves. Even a short swim, fighting a weak current, such as in this clip, would be akin to running a marathon for a tarantula."
According to one of the commenters on the video, Melody Alloway Heasley, whose daughter captured the moment, the tarantula made it across the water to the other side, safe and sound.