Archive | March, 2011

The Amazing Cuttle

30 Mar

Job 12:7b

Listen—the fish in the ocean will tell you their stories. Isn’t it clear that they all know and agree that God is sovereign, that he holds all things in his hand.

Seven amazing things about the  cuttlefish:

  1. It is a cephalopod, like an octopus and Squid.  That word means “head-foot.”  The feet of these creatures are connected to the head.
  2. The cuttle has eight “arms” and two “tentacles,” with suckers for grabbing prey.
  3. Females retreat into a den and may lay 500 eggs, the size of a grain of rice.  She coats each egg with a protective sheath and “cements” it to the roof of the den, then leaves them entirely on their own to hatch and live—after one month.
  4. Newborns are 1/2” long and fully functional, knowing instinctively everything they need to know to survive—can even squirt “ink.”
  5. A delicate fin surrounding the body of the cuttle, is used to maintain balance in the water.
  6. Cuttles live in salty ocean bottoms where, as carnivores they hunt at night for prawns, shrimp, small fish, crabs, snails & clams.
  7. Their skin is designed with special Chromatophore organs that can mimic their surroundings, colors, textures, whatever—INSTANTLY!
  8. They can change to at least 50 different colors, plus create eye spots, shapes, zebra stripes, and dice patterns. Whatever design that is put next to a cuttle it mimics.
  9. Not only can they change colors they can strobe those colors which has a dizzying and confusing effect on both their prey and predators.
  10. They are better than the Chameleon at changing colors.  They come in more color combinations than any other critter on earth.
  11. If that doesn’t work in stopping their predators they are equipped with an ink sac that muddies the water, tastes nasty and coats the nostrils of the predator.
  12. Cuttles move by jet propulsion by taking in water and shooting it out in whatever direction they want to move.  And they move at lighting fast speeds.
  13. They only live about 18 months and their “cuttle-bones,” which float, wash up on ocean shores.
  14. These cuttlebones are picked up on the beaches and recycled as a source of calcium in bird cages.
  15. Cuttles may grow to be three feet long.
  16. They have three small hearts, each with a different job to do.
  17. Their blood is a greenish-blue, made up of a copper containing protein instead of the iron containing protein of humans.

How could this be?

One scientific website that had lots of information about the cuttlefish, ended by stating— “The fine details of this phenomenon have not been elucidated.”  That was a fancy way of saying “We have no idea how this amazing creature can do what it does.”  Science does a fantastic job of discovering what a creature can do but they can’t, for the life of them, figure out “how” they can possibly do it.  It takes more faith to believe in evolution than it does to believe in the all-powerful God that designed all of the world to fit together like a wonderful puzzle of beauty.

The cuttle is equipped with two tentacles that reaches out with lightning fast speed and grabs prey.  Those tentacles are covered with suction cups to help them hold on.  The circular mouth is well hidden under its arms and tentacles.

The cuttlefish is an amazing creature, designed by God to be very intelligent and well equipped to survive in its watery world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amazing Dragonflies

28 Mar

Psalm 104:24-26  (The Message)

“What a wildly wonderful world, God! You made it all, with Wisdom at your side, made earth overflow with your wonderful creations. . . . . . . . . .  All the creatures look expectantly to you to give them their meals on time.”

 

Amazing things about the Dragonfly’s Eggs and Nymphs:

  • Dragonflies lay their eggs either in the water or as long strings of eggs attached to water plants.
  • These strings might contain 100,000 eggs.
  • Nymphs hatch out of the eggs in one to four weeks.  They are a half to nearly 2 inches long.
  • As they grow they shed their skin ten to 15 times.  This takes 1-4 years.
  • Nymphs hide under rocks and in the mud to pounce on an unsuspecting victim.  They especially enjoy eating mosquito larva.  (Thank you dragonfly nymphs!)
  • They have an amazing way of catching their prey.  They have an underlip with joints.  It is very long, with a pair of hooks at the tip.
  • They shoot this lip forward and catch the insect on the hooks in less than half a second.
  • When they are not using the underlip they fold it over the face like a mask.
  • The nymph breathes by drawing water into the back part of its intestine.  Tiny air tubes take out the oxygen.
  • The nymph then pushes out the water in quick spurts.  In this way it drives itself forward, like a jet-propelled airplane.

Amazing things about the adult Dragonfly:

  • 450 of the worlds 5000 species are in North America.
  • During the final molt of the nymph a dragonfly emerges to live only 4-6 weeks.
  • It spends its time eating insects, mating and laying eggs.
  • The dragonfly can fly up to 60 MPH.
  • The two rear wings are larger than the front pair.  They are held outspread when the insects lands.
  • Their eyes are huge, compared to their heads. While we have one lens in each eye, that lets in the light, their eyes might have 30,000 lens each.
  • They can see forward, backward, sideways and up and down—and up to 40 feet away, all at once.
  • They put their six feet together and form a tiny basket in which they catch their prey.  Aren’t we glad they like eating mosquitoes?  Thank you God!

How amazing it is that all living things work together for the good of other living things.  If it were not for mosquito eating critters, humanity would be big trouble, overrun with mosquitoes.   God directs the dragonfly to lay eggs in ponds infested with mosquito larva—the emerging nymph’s favorite food.  Is that a coincidence or God’s design?

It is apparent to the discerning mind that this great and amazing world didn’t just happen but had a very wise designer that created it all with humanities best interest in mind.

 

 

The Chuckwalla Lizard Sneezes Salt!

23 Mar

Amazing skin:

Chuckwalla lizards are large, pot-bellied lizards which wear a loose, baggy skin. Though the skin appears to be much too large, it is just exactly what this lizard needs when an enemy approaches. 

When an enemy approaches the chuckwalla, the lizard runs very quickly to a rock crevice and hides in it. In the crack of the rock, the chuckwalla swallows air and blows up like a balloon. When the enemy arrives the chuckwalla is safely wedged in the crack. Though within easy reach, it is safe.

Amazing salt glands:

The chuckwalla lives in the southwestern deserts of the US. It grows to twenty inches long, weighs three pounds. Being a vegetarian the chuckwalla eats flowers and fruits especially in the early morning and evening.  The only water it gets is that stored in the flowers and fruits it eats.

Many desert plants absorb much salt from the soil in which they grow. The chuckwalla receives enough salt from its food to kill an ordinary animal. The salt would kill the chuckwalla, too, were it not for its special salt-removing glands. These glands are located in the nostrils of the chuckwalla, and, as the salt builds up on the glands, the lizard occasionally sneezes. The sneeze expels the crystallized salt which the glands have filtered out of the lizard’s bloodstream.

Amazing color changes:

The cold-blooded chuckwalla sleeps late. But when it arises, it must warm up in a hurry. Desert nights and early mornings are often very cold. Cold-blooded creatures are slow and sluggish when they are cold, and cold lizards are easy to catch. For this reason, the chuckwalla wears a dark-colored, heat-absorbing skin. The sun warms the lizard before the air warms up. Later in the day, the lizard’s skin changes to a heat-reflecting light color because the chuckwalla must not get too hot either.

Amazing digestion:

These big, dark-bodied lizards some time bask during the hottest part of the day. This behavior helps them digest the flowers, fruits, and leaves in their stomachs by literally cooking them. Chuckwallas perch on rocks so hot as to be unbearable to the hand—but they love it.

Amazing estivating:

While the chuckwalla doesn’t hibernate, it does estivate.  That means it just lays around for about seven months of the year.  It just so happens to be those months when the yellow flowers aren’t blooming, so there’s nothing to eat.

“As we examine the chuckwalla’s amazing abilities we’re compelled to recognize its Designer.  Only God, Who is an intelligent, rational Being, can account for the order and design evident in the chuckwalla lizard and all of nature.”  (Dr. Jobe Martin—biology major from Bucknell University)

Romans 1:20   For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.

How could this be?

Evolutionist DMS Watson said: “Evolution itself is accepted by zoologists not because it has been observed to occur or is supported by logical coherent arguments, but because. . .no alternative explanation is credible.

While the fact of evolution is accepted by every biologist, the mode in which it has occurred and the mechanism by which it has been brought about are still disputable.

The theory of evolution itself is a theory universally accepted not because it can be proved by logical coherent evidence to be true but because the only alternative is special creation, which is clearly incredible.”

The chuckwalla is another of those incredible creatures that defy evolution.  Skin he can puff up—living without water—sneezing pure salt—changing colors to absorb or deflect light—estivating those months of the year when there is no food to eat—all these amazing features point to one amazing fact—the chuckwalla is designed by a very intelligent being—God! 

 

What’s so Amazing about the Woodpecker?

22 Mar

Genesis 1:20 & 22

Then God said, “Let the waters abound with an abundance of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the face of the firmament of the heavens. And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.”

A scientist, while examining the woodpecker’s tongue under a microscope commented, “It is very easy to tell the difference between man–made and God–made objects. The more you magnify man–made objects, the cruder they look, but the more you magnify God–made objects, the more precise and intricate they appear.”

  • The woodpecker’s beak works like a chisel, capable of boring right into a tree to do its job in nature—protecting trees from insect infestation.
  • Some woodpeckers can hammer at a force of up to 15 hundred G’s with each blow.  The human brain would sustain injury at about 100 G’s.
  • Woodpeckers bore into a tree at an amazing rate–up to 20 times per second —faster than our eye can see–and they do this up to 12,000 times per day.
  • The chisels we use to bore into trees lose their sharpness, yet the woodpecker’s bill never needs sharpening.
  • Special cells on the end of the bill are constantly replacing lost material. This keeps the chisel-pointed bill strong and resilient, while actually allowing it to be sharpened with every blow.

The woodpecker has an amazing tongue.

  • The tongue can be three times as long as its beak!
  • Normally, a bird’s tongue is about the length of its bill, and only the woodpecker and hummingbird have tongues longer than their bills.
  • Where does it have the room to store such a long tongue? Look at the skull picture to the right.
  • Not only is the length of the tongue a marvel, but also its texture. In young woodpeckers, the tongue is smooth and secretes a glue-like saliva to help them catch insects.
  • As they grow into adulthood they develop barbs on the end of the tongue.
  • When the adult woodpecker’s bill drills into an insect gallery, it extends its tongue and probes around. If it locates grubs, the woodpecker skewers the prey with its tongue, the tip of which is hard and sharply pointed.
  • After the tip penetrates the soft body of an insect, tiny rear-facing barbs grab hold as the woodpecker withdraws its tongue with the succulent food item impaled thereon.
  • Most animals have tongues that attach in their throat, but a woodpecker’s tongue wraps around the back of his skull and attaches in the front, between his eyes. This isn’t a bad idea if you’re an animal who spends all day banging your head on a tree– it provides a little cushioning for the brain.  Even more advantageous is the extra length of tongue which makes a great device for sticking into woody crevices to extract tasty insects.

Even evolutionists admit that it’s silly to suggest that gradually over thousands of years the woodpecker’s tongue got longer and began to grow under his skin. As one evolutionary scientist said about the woodpecker’s tongue, “There are certain anatomical features which just cannot be explained by gradual mutations over millions of years. Just between you and me, I have to get God into the act too sometimes.”

Could the woodpeckers amazing shock-absorbing head have evolved by chance?

If an ordinary bird tried to bore a hole in a tree trunk, the impact would kill it.  The woodpecker, however, is equipped with four shock-absorbing features that protect its brain from damage.

1—It has a thick skull with a spongy bone to cushion the brain;

2—The skull encloses the brain so tightly that it cannot move, avoiding concussions.

3—The bird contracts their mandible muscles just before impact, thus transmitting the impact past the brain and allowing its whole body to help absorb the shock.

4—Woodpeckers have a second eyelid called a nictitating membrane that they close a millisecond prior to their beak impacting the trunk of a tree (or perhaps a telephone pole) in order to prevent their eyes from leaving their sockets.

And all that boring into trees serves a very good purpose to help mankind—the woodpecker helps our forests by getting rid of the harmful insects that eat under the bark and eventually destroy the tree

As we look around our amazing world we see how all living things have a job to do that helps other living creatures.  The closer we look at each creature the more evidence we see for “design.”  Our world is too amazing to have just happened by accident but shows countless evidences of design.

The Amazing Giraffe

18 Mar

What is so amazing about the Giraffe?

The 25 pound giraffe heart is probably the most powerful in the animal kingdom!  Bristol Foster commented in National Geographic on the giraffe’s heart: “To drive blood eight feet up the 500 pound neck to the head, the heart is exceptionally large and thick-muscled, and the blood pressure—twice or three times that of man—is probably the highest in any animal.”   But the brain is a very delicate structure which cannot stand high blood pressure. The elevated pressure on the brain should cause the giraffe to faint when he bends down to take a drink? Does he ‘blow his mind’? Fortunately, three design features were included in the giraffe to control this and related problems.

1. First, the giraffe was designed to know that it must spread his front legs apart in order to drink comfortably. This lowers the level of the heart somewhat and so reduces the difference in height from the heart to the head of the drinking animal. This results in excess pressure in the brain being less than if the legs were kept straight.

2. Second, the giraffe’s jugular vein was designed with a series of one-way check valves which immediately close when the head is lowered, preventing blood from flowing back down into the brain.  But what of the blood flow through the carotid artery from the heart to the brain?

3. A third design feature is the ‘wonder net’, a spongy tissue filled with numerous small blood vessels located near the base of the giraffe brain. The arterial blood first flows through this net of vessels before it reaches the brain. When the giraffe stoops to drink, the wonder net controls the blood flow so that the full pressure is not exerted on the brain.

Equally amazing is the fact the blood does not pool in the legs. This is prevented by an extremely tough skin and an inner fascia.  This skin combination has been studied extensively by NASA scientists in their development of gravity-suits for astronauts.

How can this be?

If the giraffe evolved, along with developing a longer neck, it had to generate a huge heart to push blood up the neck, special valves to maintain its blood pressure, and an anti-gravity suit to resist the extreme pressure that is routinely produced. Did these structures come about merely by coincidence?

Wolf-Ekkehard Lonning wrote in March of 06” “No data from giraffes then (in Darwin’s time) existed to support one theory of causes over another, and none exist now.  The spotty evidence gives no insight into how the long-necked giraffe species arose.”

The most likely conclusion must obviously lead away from evolution. The giraffe’s amazing abilities are a testament to design in the animal kingdom. From its long neck to its anti-gravity-suit skin, the giraffe’s diverse nature defies the theory of evolution, and embraces the opposite concept—design.  When design is evident then the obvious conclusion is THERE MUST BE A DESIGNER.  It takes far more faith to believe in evolution than it does to believe in God as designer and creator of our amazing world.

 

 

 

 

 

The Amazing Bombardier

15 Mar

In the Beginning

Genesis 1:1  First this:  God created the Heavens and Earth—all you see, all you don’t see.

We are blown away God by your amazing creation.  What we can see blows us away—it is so awe inspiring—but those things hidden to the eye cause jaw-dropping wonder.  Consider the beetles.  There are 300,000 species of beetles on the earth?  One in every five creatures is a beetle.

One amazing beetle is called the Bombardier. This little fellow looks like just your average beetle—until he gets put on the defensive.  Then WATCH OUT!

The Bombardier has two cannons that shoot out boiling hot gasses.  He has built in, two storage chambers for combustible gasses.  When he releases them just at the right time, their combination creates an explosion in the face of the would-be predator.

  • It’s boiling hot—212 degrees
  • It smells foul
  • It makes a popping noise and turns to steam which gives Mr. Beetle a cloud cover for escape.

Would-be predators will most likely flee to get away from his stinky, hot steam.  This beetle can shoot off his twin cannons repeatedly in 260 degrees of various angles—if the first shot doesn’t do the trick.

This beetle needs such sophistication because of its vulnerability on the ground. Unlike many other insects, the beetle cannot take instantly to the air when under attack from a predator.  First it has to unfurl its wings from beneath their covers and the dischargeable glands buy this beetle time to get airborne.

How can evolution account for this marvelous design?  It can’t, so they use the age-old excuse— “anything can adapt if given millions of years.” Sorry—design does not come, apart from a designer.  Without a doubt, this beetle was carefully designed and empowered with its amazing abilities.   Only God could be the designer.

As we travel throughout OUR AMAZING WORLD with all its great variety of insects, animals, people and growing things, we see evidence of intricate design on every hand.  Through study of the design we meet God, the Designer.