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Today's Creation Moment

Jun
24
The Stones at Carnac
Genesis 11:8
“So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.”
On the southern coast of the Breton peninsula in Northern France is a small rural town called Carnac. It is a pleasant enough seaside resort. I remember enjoying a couple of days there with my family...
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Whales' Wails Spook Seals

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Genesis 11:7
"Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech."

You hear a bird sing. Can you tell by its dialect where it spends the winter? Birds, like some other creatures, do have different dialects, depending on where they live. However, for most of us, animal dialects are not easy to detect.

Love Your Anemones

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Psalm 46:9
"He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire."

The world that God created for us and intended us to live in had no wars and no death because there was no sin whatsoever. Once the first man, Adam, brought sin into the world, murder, wars and disease descended upon the entire creation, including the animal world.

Global Positioning Lobsters

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Isaiah 40:22
"It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in…"

Homing pigeons are valued because of their highly developed sense of direction, and this includes the ability to read the Earth's magnetic field. Some other birds, turtles and even a few salamanders have also shown this same ability. However, bees, ants or people are not born with this ability.

Can Monkeys Count?

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Ecclesiastes 3:21
"Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the earth?"

Listeners will know from our Creation Moments programs that the scientific establishment is firmly convinced that Man evolved from the higher apes millions of years ago. For this reason, rhesus monkeys have long been used not only for pharmaceutical trials but in psychological tests to determine how Man's intelligence evolved.

Ancient Hummingbirds Were Quite Modern

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Genesis 1:20
"And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven."

Today, hummingbirds are found only in North, Central and South America. Of course, since Noah's Ark landed in the mountains of Ararat, they had to cross Europe and the Atlantic or Asia to get there. However, until now, there was no evidence for this migration.

Dancing Infrared Ground Squirrels

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Numbers 21:9
"And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived."

The last creature a rattlesnake wants to see is the California ground squirrel.

Chickadee-Dee-Dee Danger

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Matthew 8:20
"And Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head."

Millions of North Americans are familiar with the call of the Black-Capped chickadee: "Chicka-dee". However, most bird-watchers know that the little chickadee communicates danger with its  "chickadee-dee-dee" call. Bird-watchers also know that chickens use different warnings for dangers from the air or from the ground.

The Master of Light

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Psalm 96:9
"O worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth."

Over hundreds of years, science has learned a lot about manipulating light. And while lasers and liquid crystals might seem pretty sophisticated, some of God's creatures show us how much more there is to learn.

Oxygen Optional Carp

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Psalm 77:14
"Thou art the God that doest wonders: thou hast declared thy strength among the people."

The long, cold winters of Scandinavia not only freeze the lakes, but pile so much snow on the lake ice that no light can penetrate to the cold, unfrozen water beneath. This means that the creatures below the ice can use up all the oxygen in the lake water.

The Monster with 24 Arms

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1 Peter 5:8
"Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour..."

A real monster prowls the ocean floor from the Aleutian Islands to Southern California. It is a terror to even relatively large bottom dwellers. It eats many things, including hermit crabs, clams, sea cucumbers, sea urchins and even abalone. This monster goes by the seemingly innocent name of the Sunflower Star.

It's a War Out There

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Psalm 71:2
"Deliver me in thy righteousness, and cause me to escape: incline thine ear unto me, and save me."

The enemy prowls the night skies, searching. But its would-be victims may have sensitive sonar detectors, allowing them to flee before detection. If the prey is spotted on sonar, the prey has counter measures, even jamming the enemy's sonar.

The Great Pretender

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Psalm 118:8-9
"It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes."

As we have reported on previous Creation Moments broadcasts, some snakes hide when they are threatened. Others play dead, hoping predators will lose interest. Some snakes rear up or make hissing and rattling sounds to scare off would-be predators. But have you ever heard of a harmless caterpillar that can make itself look and act just like a deadly snake?

Fast Food

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Hebrews 4:16
"Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need."

Many fish are surprisingly fast when they're hunting for lunch. Which species do you think is the fastest-swimming fish in the ocean? Think you know the answer?

Screws and Nuts in a Weevil's Legs

1 Corinthians 1:20
"Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?"

On a previous broadcast, we told you about a small hopping insect with gears in its legs, allowing both legs to jump at the exact same moment. Today, I bring to your attention the first animal ever found to have a screw-and-nut mechanism in its body. I'm talking about the weevil.

Parrot to Testify at Murder Trial?

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Numbers 35:30
"Whoso killeth any person, the murderer shall be put to death by the mouth of witnesses: but one witness shall not testify against any person to cause him to die."

Should a parrot be allowed to testify at a murder trial if the bird appears to be an ear-witness to the crime? That's a question that is ruffling the feathers of animal experts and legal eagles alike!

Fisherman's Dream

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Jonah 1:17
"Now the LORD had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights."

For me, catching a fish of any size is a great accomplishment … but can you imagine what it would be like to find a gigantic Mola mola at the end of your fishing line? Also known as the ocean sunray, the Mola mola is the world's largest bony fish, weighing as much as 5,000 pounds and measuring up to 14 feet from top to bottom!

The Father of Entomology

Isaiah 7:18
"And it shall come to pass in that day, that the LORD shall hiss for the fly that is in the uttermost part of the rivers of Egypt, and for the bee that is in the land of Assyria."

More than 150 years after his death in 1850, William Kirby is still known as one of the first scientists to devote his life to the study of insects. But let me add that he was also devoted to something else. Shortly before publishing his first major work on the bees of England, Kirby wrote the following:

Fish Recognize Human Faces

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Genesis 42:8
"And Joseph knew his brethren, but they knew not him."

On a previous broadcast, we told you about the archerfish and its ability to shoot well-aimed squirts of water through the air at bugs. That's not all these amazing fish can do. Scientists have recently learned that they can distinguish one human face from another. Even more surprising is that the team of researchers from the University of Oxford admitted that "fish are unlikely to have evolved the ability to distinguish between human faces."

Eye Shadow

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Psalm 17:8-9
"Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings, from the wicked that oppress me, from my deadly enemies, who compass me about."

Glass squid are amazingly good at not being seen by creatures who desire to eat them because, as their name makes clear, their bodies are transparent. In fact, as an article in Science News tells us, "Marine predators often scan the waters above them for the silhouettes of prey blocking sunlight, but there's little to betray a glass squid." There's just one problem, however. The squid's eyes are not transparent, exposing the creature's whereabouts.

Something's Fishy About Fish Evolution

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Matthew 13:47-48
"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind: which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away."

Dr. John Long, Paleontologist and Head of Science at the Museum Victoria in Melbourne, Australia, should know a lot about fish … and he does. But even though he wrote a book about the evolution of fish, there are many things he readily admits remain shrouded in mystery.

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