For twenty years, scientists have been baffled by what you might call “crop circles” or “sand castles” on the bottom of the ocean off the coast of Japan’s Amami Oshima Island.
The mystery is now solved.
These intricate, strange yet beautiful designs were painstakingly made by a male puffer fish in hopes that his “castle” might attract a pretty little female puffer fish and convince her to be his queen.
You really need to watch this guy in action:
Scientists are now convinced that the design has another practical purpose: to provide a “nest” in which their eggs can be laid and protected from rough currents. One article implies that the nest might also aid in keeping out predators. How, I’m not sure. Unless the predator sees this spectacular creative work and says “Whoa! That must be the castle of some pretty smart and powerful dude!” and decide it best to keep his distance.
Because even animals recognize and respect intelligent design.
If you look closely, you will see that the puffer fish has not only created a fascinating structure, but he has decorated it as well. Scurrying about, he searches for the right seashells and places them carefully on the top of his “sand castle”—to better impress his queen and possibly to better protect the castle from turbulent water and the neighbor’s kids or dog (figuratively speaking, of course).
All of this reminds me of one of my favorite passages:
“But ask the animals, and they will teach you,
or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you;
or speak to the earth, and it will teach you,
or let the fish in the sea inform you.
Which of all these does not know
that the hand of the Lord has done this?” Job 12:7-9
So, let the “fish in the sea inform you”.
They are sometimes much wiser than we, for they “know that the hand of the Lord has done this” while we rattle off notions of natural random processes and unintelligent forces so that we might not have to turn and gaze upon the face of God.