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.









2 Responses to “The Amazing Cuttle”

  1. Daily October 17, 2011 at 2:56 pm #

    Very well executed blog

  2. frelance jobs November 14, 2011 at 10:41 pm #

    Awesome piece…

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