Creature Features


Cuttlefish

Cuttlefish are highly intriguing and strange creatures that have quite the abilities and intelligence!  They belong to the same family as octopus and squid (cephalopods) and get about 1-3 feet in length.  In spite of their name, they are not fish but mollusks.   

cuttlefish

Cuttlefish have amazing abilities with their skin, including the ability to change color and texture, or to “flash” different colored lights (bioluminescence).  Their colors even reflect emotions, such as anger by turning red.  They also are able to mimic other things, such as floating kelp.  These creatures can think and can see like humans with binocular vision.
How can this be?
How can such “primitive” creatures accomplish tasks such as seeing, thinking, coming to conclusions, and knowing when to stalk their prey?  Can we explain these functions through mindless, evolutionary processes?  What would be an ancestor of the cuttlefish or is it “transitioning” into something else?  It is futile to explain this complex creature by mindless, chance evolutionary processes.  Rather, its complexity and marvelous design points to a marvelous Designer Who made it!

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Sea Monsters
  • Were there “dinosaurs” in the water?
  • Why are large swimming reptiles significant?
  • Could these creatures be alive today?

Dinosaurs in the water?

Plesiosaur
Plesiosaur
Giant marine reptiles (referred to generically as “sea monsters,” “plesiosaurs,” or “swimming dinosaurs”) were highly intriguing creatures that are represented in the fossil record.  There are different types of marine reptiles such as plesiosaurs, kronosaurs, mosasaurs, and elasmosaurs.  Even the Bible mentions intriguing creatures of the water.

Lamentations 4:3 “Even the sea monsters draw out the breast, they give suck to their young ones….”
Isaiah 27:1 " In that day the LORD with his sore and great and strong sword shall punish leviathan the piercing serpent, even leviathan that crooked serpent; and he shall slay the dragon that is in the sea."
mosasaur
Mosasaur

These creatures technically are not “dinosaurs,” though they are often referred to as “swimming dinosaurs.”  Dinosaurs were a group of large reptiles that lived on land.


The Significance of Sea Monsters?
According to the Bible, these giant marine reptiles would have been created on Day 5 of Creation Week, about 6000 years ago:
Genesis 1:21 And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly…
The word translated “whales” is the Hebrew word “tannin” (tă NEEN) which also is translated “dragon,” “serpent,” or “sea monster.”  Basically, it refers to any type of large creature in the water.  Since they were created just one day before Adam and Eve, giant sea creatures have always lived at the same time as people.  In fact, there have been numerous accounts through the ages of “sea dragons” or “sea monsters.”

Are giant marine reptiles alive today?
Standard belief about fossils is that they are evidence that these creatures lived “millions of years” ago.  However, the dating methods used to determine those years are highly suspect!  Scientists who conduct these tests have to assume many things.  For instance, in radiometric dating where one element becomes another one (e.g. with potassium-argon dating, over time potassium becomes argon), it is assumed that the original substance had NO argon!  This is just one of a many assumptions scientists have to make about areas that cannot be known.  They have to guess.  Hence, “dating methods” are not the definite science that non-scientists are led to believe.  There are actually a number of factors that point to a young earth that is thousands of years old, and one of these is the distinct possibility that large, marine, “prehistoric” animals exist today!  In fact, even the word, “prehistoric” is a misnomer.  “Pre” means “before” and “historic” equals “history.”  Nothing existed before history.  “In the beginning God created…” is the beginning of history!

moore's beach monster

Moore’s Beach Monster
One example of something unusual that washed ashore in California is a long-necked creature called the “Moore’s Beach Monster.”  While it is certainly intriguing, it is uncertain what it was. Some think it is a rare type of beaked whale, but there is no known whale that has a long neck. (http://vimeo.com/28128796
For more on the Moore’s Beach monster, click here.


Zuiyo Mayo Carcass
Another interesting phenomena is an unidentified creature that was accidentally hauled up by a Japanese fishing vessel off the coast of New Zealand in 1977.  It is referred to as the “Zuiyo Mayo carcass,” a badly-decomposed body of what many consider was a basking shark.  Others think it was a type of “swimming dinosaur.”  Click here for a thorough examination of this.   

Loch Ness

enhanced photo of diamond shaped flipper from loch ness
loch ness
To date, there have been thousands of sightings of unusual creatures in Loch Ness of Scotland, a long and narrow channel of water that opens up to the sea at both ends.  Many pictures and eye-witness accounts have surfaced, but nothing to date proves scientifically that a giant marine reptile existed in recent times.  Most intriguing are enhanced photos allegedly from a motion-sensitive camera that caught images of what appear to be diamond-shaped flippers.  Whatever people have described or photographed, there are a number of things to consider with the “Loch Ness Monster.”  For more information on “Nessie,” click here or here.

 

 

“Champ”

Champ the book
One lady, Sandi Mansi, describes in great detail a long-necked creature that surfaced in Lake Champlain.  She was even able to get a photograph of it which formed the cover of the book, Champ.  Someone even said that it was a piece of floating wood! (Watch the video clip to see her describe what she saw.) (http://scienceblogs.com/tetrapodzoology/2008/06/mansi_champ_photo.php)


Check out this link for more on “Champ.”

 

champ
"Champ"

Sandi Mansi interview

While in many ways we cannot know some of these things for certain, there are many “pieces of a puzzle” that ‘paint a picture’ that these creatures could be alive today.  From eye-witness accounts and photographs, to unusual things that have washed ashore, it is clear that scientists do not know for sure everything that is “out there” in the sea or deep lakes.  Just because we have globes, maps, and Google Earth does not mean that we know all of what’s in the water!

Psalm 24:1 The earth is the LORD’s, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.
Psalm 104:26 There go the ships: there is that leviathan, whom thou has made to play therein.”

Did Whales Once Walk on Land?
how whales walked into the sea
  • What are whales?
  • Are whales in the Bible?
  • Why are they important in science?

What are whales?
Whales are part of the group of creatures called “cetaceans” (suh – TAY – shuns), mammals that live in the water and breathe air.  There are many different types of whales, such as blue, sperm, right, narwhal, beluga, and wholphin (false killer whale/dolphin hybrid).

Are whales in the Bible?

Genesis 1:21 “And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind,”
Matthew 12:40  “For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.”
whale walking?

(For the skeptic, it is important to note that Jesus affirmed the account of Jonah as a true account of history.)

Why are whales important to true science?
According to evolution, whales once walked on land:

“The evolution of whales has been a mystery. How did a large, big-brained mammal -- air-breathing, warm-blooded, giving birth to live young -- come to live entirely in water, when mammals evolved on land? The discovery of many fossils with transitional features documents the transformation of whales from land animals to ocean dwellers. Another indication of whales' evolutionary heritage can be seen in the way they move.”
(http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/evolution/library/03/4/l_034_05.html)
whale

Note that the question is “how” these creatures came “to live in water,” without an allowance that maybe whales DID NOT “evolve” from a land creature!  (Click here for similar false information.)  Could it be that GOD made these massive creatures as sea mammals from the beginning?  It is a fact that they appear in the fossil record.  However, it is belief (without evidence) that these mammals once lived on land.  Using the evidence today, evolutionists build an elaborate story promoting this idea that land creatures came from the ocean (http://www.livescience.com/5529-land-creatures-wild-appearances.html), and then (in the case of the whale) went back into the sea!  Quite odd! 

beluga whales
Beluga whale

Concerning the “evolution” of the whale, one must ask these questions:  How could a creature that walked on land and breathed air mysteriously change into a creature that lives in the water?  The necessary changes are so many that we should not need to discuss it!  Only one area of needed change would prove this idea impossible:  breathing.  How could a land-dwelling creature that breathes air make the needed change to live in the sea?  Take land-dwelling humans for instance.  Our breathing and eating passageways  are connected.  If you get a mouthful of water, some of it can come out through your nose.  Land creatures have a connection between mouth and nose, but not so with whales.  It is common knowledge that whales do not eat on land.  However, they do rise up out of the water to breathe through a blow hole on top of their head.  In order for them to eat under water, their breathing and eating passageways are not “hooked up.”  They can dive down deep, under great pressure, and eat creatures such as squid. 

The question is:  How might something live in the water as a partially-developing land-to-sea creature?  If the breathing and eating of a “developing whale” were still in the process, could it then walk, crawl, or jump into the sea and survive? 

whale size
Southern Right Whale
It’s either one or the other.  For the whale, living on both land AND sea cannot be true because of their design.  For any length of time (e.g. “millions of years”), something that lived, ate, and breathed on land, would not suddenly be able to eat under water as the whale can do today.  This inner change would have to taken place the moment it “walked” into the sea!  There is no evidence of such a change.  It is only a belief…a fairy tale.  The whale’s design is  evidence of the Designer Who made whales on Day 5 of Creation Week about 6000 years ago.

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Some suggested resources:
http://www.icr.org/article/379/
http://creation.com/refuting-evolution-chapter-5-whale-evolution
http://creationrevolution.com/2011/11/whale-fossils-challenge-or-support-for-evolution/

Super Sharks

What are sharks?
Sharks are unique fish that consist of cartilage instead of a bony skeleton as other fish. 

basking shark
Basking Shark
silky shark
Silky Shark

There are about 250 types of sharks, from docile ones like basking or whale sharks which may reach 40 or 60 feet in length (Click here for information on whale sharks), or the most aggressive such as tiger sharks or the fearsome great white shark.  Sharks come in many different shapes and sizes, from the odd hammerhead shark and the angel shark with its ray-like “wings”, to the tiny dwarf lantern shark. 

 

great white shark
Great White Shark
angel shark
Angel Shark
dwarf lantern shark
Dwarf lantern shark

 

megalodon
Megalodon

The largest shark known to man is known only from fossilized teeth and a few vertebrae.  It is known as the megalodon, which means “giant tooth.”  Based on the sizes of teeth that have been discovered, scientists estimate this creature to have reached 60 feet or more (about twice as long as a Great White)!

The young of most species of shark hatch from eggs inside the female and are born alive.  While sharks can detect prey via sight, they mainly use smell.  They can detect less than one part per million of blood in the water.

What are evolutionary beliefs about the shark?
Evolutionary scientists believe that sharks first appeared on earth about 450 “million years.” (link:  http://www.sharks-world.com/shark_evolution.html) QUESTION:  How do they know this?  Were they there?  No.  In fact, these alleged years are based upon methods that involve many assumed facts…things that are impossible to know over “millions of years” of time.  Such methods of dating use unstable elements that, over time, change from one type of element into another type of element.  The original element is called the “parent” and the second is the “daughter.”  Just one of the many assumptions is that the original “parent” element contained no “daughter” element at the first.  There is absolutely no way scientists can know this for sure.  This is just one assumption that is involved in many of the dating methods.  Still, they present as fact an elaborate evolutionary story that is based upon long ages of time (“millions of years”).

There are many scientific tests that point to a young earth.  One such test concerns the moon.  It has been shown that the moon is gradually moving away from the earth (http://curious.astro.cornell.edu/question.php?number=124).  If this process took “millions of years,” the moon would at one time have been so close to the earth that the tides would have destroyed every land creature on earth.  Click here for much more information on the age of the earth.

Are sharks mentioned in the Bible?
The shark with its intricate design and amazing ability to “smell” its prey, points to a Designer Who made it only thousands of years ago.  Are sharks mentioned in the Bible?  Not specifically, but they would certainly be included in this verse:

Genesis 1:21 “And God created…every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind,”

“Every living creature” includes sharks.

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