Red-Lipped Batfish – One Very Surprising Fish
This is the Red-Lipped Batfish – and yes, it is a real fish! It lives in the Pacific Ocean in an area stretching from Peru and Costa Rica west to the Galapagos Islands. Red-Lipped Batfish remind me of Job 12:9-10 –
“The fish of the sea will declare to you. Who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of all mankind.”
The Red-Lipped Batfish is one of the “fish of the sea” which was made by God. Let’s learn afew things about it and how God designed it “just right” . . .
Some people think Red-Lipped Batfish show a “link” between fish and animals which walk on land, but while they are able to use their fins to “walk” in the ocean, they do not get out of the water and walk on the land. Since Red-Lipped Batfish are not the best swimmers, how did they survive in the ocean until they “developed” their illicium and esca? If being a strong swimmer when youare a fish, is something which helps you survive, how did the Red-Lipped Batfish ever survive millions of years in the ocean, since they do not swim well? The answer which makes the most sense to these questions is, God designed Red-Lipped Batfish as they are. God knew what He was doing; He designed and created Red-Lipped Batfish – and you – “just right”!
Activity to Make the Point & Have Fun!
Red-Lipped Batfish are most certainly a surprising example of God’s amazing – and interesting - design. He knew what He was doing when He created them. Let’s make fun and colorful glow in the dark jars to help us remember how God designed Red-Lipped Batfish “just right” . . .
· Mason jar or plastic jar
· Glow in the dark paint – whatever colors you want
· Paint brushes or cotton swabs
1. Using one paint color at a time, carefully “dot” paint on the inside of your jar. 2. Add however many colors you want. 3. Allow time for it to dry. 4. Let it sit near a light/in the sun. 5. Put by your bed and watch it glow!
God designed Red-Lipped Batfish with a bio-luminescent “lure” which they use to catch food. He designed and created them “just right”. Let your glow-in-the-dark jar help you remember, just as God designed Red-Lipped Batfish, He designed and created you “just right, too!
Think About This . . .
Randomthrough natural processes, unsupported as it is by mechanisms in biology and steeped in unverifiable worldview-based assumptions, cannot account for the biodiversity of bioluminescence or the plethora of biochemical routes by which diverse organisms produce and regulate their light. But a wise Creator, who like a good engineer has designed many variations of this useful ability, can. Dr. Elizabeth Mitchellresearcher, writer