The Amazing Hippopotamus

25 Aug

Why do Hippo’s stay submerged in water much of the time?

A mature bull hippopotamus is about 13 feet long, nose to tail, weighs about 1700 pounds and measures five feet high at the shoulder.

  • Hippos have a thin epidermis, and the rate of water loss through the skin in dry air is several times greater than in other mammals. Hence, the hippo stays in the water or mud to prevent dehydration.
  • The pores on their naked skin secrete a thick pink liquid, which covers the body. Sunlight bouncing off the hippo’s dark skin and back through the pinkish ooze makes it appear as if the hippo is covered in glistening blood. It is thought that this “ooze” may serve as a sunscreen, a moisturizer and/or an antiseptic lotion.  But although the liquid isn’t blood, it isn’t sweat, either. Hippos don’t sweat; they ooze.
  • They have a set of massive, razor-sharp tusks found in the corners of the jaw and hidden away inside the folds of their fatty lips. The two tusks of the lower jaw can grow to a foot or more.
  • Sharp incisors also line both jaws.  They open their mouths wide to show aggression—which can sometimes be four feet wide at a 150 degree gape.
  • Although hippos might look docile, they are probably the most dangerous African animal. They are not only aggressive and easily enraged, but they are also very unpredictable.
  • On land, this 1-3 ton animal, over a short haul, can easily outrun a man. Every year many people are killed by getting too close to hippos.
  • Hippos can stay totally submerged for up to six minutes and, having a high specific gravity, they can easily walk or run along the bottom during a dive.
  • When submerged, they close the valves of their nostrils and press their ears flat against the sides of their heads. The heart rate slows down, giving it more time underwater.
  • When it surfaces, it is usually with a loud hiss, a snort, or distinctive grunt that sounds like a blast from a tuba.
  • Their eyes and nostrils are located high on their heads, which allows them to see and breathe while mostly submerged.  Just another evidence of God’s design.

An adult hippo eats more than 150 pounds of grass a night. These grazers tear up grass not with their teeth but with their lips. They eat the grass so short that if a fire should sweep through the area there isn’t enough grass there to  burn.

Job 34:12,13

The Message

“It’s impossible for God to do anything wicked, for the Mighty One to subvert justice. He’s the one who runs the earth! He cradles the whole world in his hand!”

What about this hippo sunscreen?

(One evolution website gave the following information about the hippo’s sunscreen.)   “Hippos venture out in the scorching sun from time to time, to top off their nightly eating binge.  But a traditional sunscreen – like fur – is not practical if you spend half your time submerged in water.   The answer that evolution came up with was an anti-UV secretion, which is at first colorless, then red, then finally brown as the pigment polymerizes. This natural skin-care product not only protects the hippo from the sun, it also regulates temperature and discourages the growth of bacteria. Scientists collected samples of the hippo’s sweat to see what makes it so special.  They found it is made up of two pigments . The scientists believe these two substances are produced from a metabolite of amino acids (the building blocks of proteins).  Both pigments act as sun blocks and the red one, they discovered, is a particularly good antibiotic.  At concentrations lower than that found on the hippo’s skin, it can inhibit the growth of two types of pathogenic bacteria. This is useful for hippos, because they are always fighting.  Perhaps it is no wonder, then, that evolution endowed them with a handy antiseptic”


It takes far more “faith” to believe this amazing critter just happened to “evolve” than it takes to believe there was a designer, whose name is God.  Don’t you suppose that God gets tired of “evolution” taking credit for all His amazing creations.




One Response to “The Amazing Hippopotamus”

  1. Shelbi Tinonga October 23, 2016 at 9:29 pm #

    thank you so much for writing this article… someone needs to put more of this out in the real world

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