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Today's Creation Moment

A Clever Golden Toad
Matthew 6:26
"Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they...
All toads are not fat and ugly. The golden toad, which lives only in a few square miles of the cloud forest of Costa Rica, is a trim and slim toad with garishly bright orange coloring. The golden...

Social Life Among Lobsters

Exodus 15:11
"Who [is] like unto thee, O LORD, among the gods? who [is] like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful [in] praises, doing wonders?"

For years scientists have thought that lobsters were loners. Intensive study of the lifestyle of lobsters now shows that lobsters have their own very complex, bustling society.

The average lobster spends many of its evening hours checking out newcomers and spying on its neighbors. A lobster will walk to neighboring lobster shelters in rocks or other protective structures Social Life Among Lobstersand stick its head in each one to see if anyone is home. If the neighbor is out, the spying lobster will inspect his neighbor's home. If someone is at home, the two lobsters will face each other. If the visitor is larger than the one already in the shelter, the larger lobster evicts everyone in the shelter. As soon as everyone is out, the larger lobster allows everyone to return to their home.

Lobsters, it seems are not hermits but prefer to live socially. They often move to new neighborhoods or to new shelters within their own neighborhoods. And when a newcomer enters a neighborhood, he is checked out by all the residents.

The lobster's two week long courtship and mating ritual is especially touching in its apparent affection.

There seems to be no limit to the Creator's ability to make unique creatures and provide them with their own, often very complex, way of life. Such imagination is not produced by accident!

Father, there is no creature You have made that You do not care about and have not provided for. Renew my appreciation of Your wonderful work of creation and lead me to praise You every day of my life. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
Ravven, Wallace. 1987. "Lobster Lust: Don Juans of the Deep." Discover, Dec., p. 34.