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Old 07-20-2010, 03:45 AM   #1
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The Awful Spider Ship of Guam

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Spider-infested ship turned back from Guam landing

(AP) – 2 hours ago

HAGATNA, Guam — Authorities in the U.S. territory of Guam have turned away a ship after thousands of spiders overflowed from its cargo.

The Guam Department of Agriculture said hundreds of large spiders and thousands of smaller ones were seen when stevedores began offloading insulation and beams for housing units from the ship, the M.V. Altavia.

The cargo was returned to the ship, and the Agriculture Department on Friday ordered that the ship not be allowed to dock. It was last ported in South Korea.

"When you get this many from this many various sizes, it's definitely an infestation," said Department of Agriculture Director Joseph Torres.

Agriculture officials said they didn't know what type of spiders were on the ship. But they said it's a type that is not normally found on Guam and there was concern the spiders could damage the island's environment.

"It's not on Guam," Torres said. "We don't want it here."

The ship was carrying housing units and accessories that were to be used at a work force village expected to house up to 18,000 temporary workers.

Before the ship initially docked, officers with the Guam Customs and Quarantine Agency boarded the ship and gave clearance for cargo to be unlocked for offloading, said Bernadette Meno, marking administrator for the Port Authority of Guam.

But when port workers saw the spiders, the containers were ordered back on the ship and it was anchored in the harbor. The decision was later made not to let the ship return.

Marianas Steamship Agencies Inc. arranged for the ship's arrival and departure. Its vice president, Richard P. Sablan, said he will follow orders of customs, agriculture and U.S. Coast Guard officials.

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Old 07-20-2010, 04:22 AM   #2
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Old 07-20-2010, 04:59 AM   #3
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My mom and her family are from Guam. My brother went over there one summer, he said there were snakes in the toilet, and frogs all over the ground, you just step on them and go about your business.
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Old 07-20-2010, 09:51 AM   #4
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That place is on my official list to obliterate once I get super powers.
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Old 07-20-2010, 10:30 AM   #5
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and frogs all over the ground, you just step on them and go about your business.
Ugh, nooo! I love frogs!
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Old 07-20-2010, 12:57 PM   #6
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I'm just glad those are not in the US, because spiders are my worst nightmare. Black Widows are the worst.
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Old 07-20-2010, 06:32 PM   #7
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That place is on my official list to obliterate once I get super powers.
There are some nice parts, but it's really a jungle/dump. That youtube vid of the guy dancing around the world, when it shows him in Guam, he dancing by a huge pile of junk!
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Old 07-20-2010, 07:57 PM   #8
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There are some nice parts, but it's really a jungle/dump. That youtube vid of the guy dancing around the world, when it shows him in Guam, he dancing by a huge pile of junk!
Heh, I saw that vid before.

And spiders are the best. Pansies like alucard are probably afraid of them though (or give a half-assed reason of them being "annoying")
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