I have to admit, if there was ever an animal that looked like it evolved, it’s the Mudskipper. This animal is both an amphibian and a fish. It can breathe under water and on land. Surprisingly, there are several other animals that are able to do this as well (Lungfish, Wooly Sculpin, etc). Despite these facts, the evidence still says that the Mudskipper is created, not evolved.
Regardless of what textbooks and bias teachers say, evolution is unproven. There has never, ever been a transitional fossil found. In other words, there has never been a single bone found that shows an animal transitioning, or evolving, into a different animal. There have been many claims about such fossils, but not a single one has ever proven to be real. If evolution takes millions of years and we are still evolving, then we should find half evolved animals everywhere. Evolution is simply not happening in the world around us.
While the Mudskipper is claimed to be proof for evolution, the fact remains that the Mudskipper has never produced anything other than another Mudskipper. All Mudskippers produce other little Mudskippers. There is no proof that the Mudskipper has ever evolved. So, the only other viable solution is that God created the Mudskipper exactly as it is. Let’s take a look at several amazing characteristics God has given the mudskipper.
1. How the Mudskipper Moves. Obviously the Mudskipper needs to move in and out of water. So, it has a fishlike body and tail for propelling through the water, but it also has specialized, and unusually strong, pectoral fins that are used like legs to move around on the mud. It also has interesting eyes. It is very unique for an animal to see well in and out of the water, but the Mudskipper is able to do both. Its eyes are extra clear out of the water, are retractable, and moisten themselves so they don’t try out. All of these qualities are essential for the Mudskipper to survive in and out of the water.
2. How the Mudskipper Breathes. When it comes to breathing, the Mudskipper is like a fish and a frog. Fish breath by separating the oxygen in the water and bring it into their bloodstream. Water is constantly passing over the fish’s gills so it is able to get enough oxygen. In order for these to work properly, they must constantly be moist. This is why the Mudskipper must stay where it is wet. If it wanders too far from water, it will die. However, the Mudskipper also has enlarged gill chambers to hold water. Not only will this give it extra oxygen to breath, but it will help keep the gills moist and functioning for a long time out of the water. Frogs can breathe through their skin. They have tons of little blood vessels called capillaries on the surface of their skin which takes the oxygen in the air and brings it into the bloodstream. The Mudskipper is able to breathe both of these ways. Not only does it have gills to breathe under water, but its skin also brings in oxygen like frogs. Beyond this, the Mudskipper is also able to gulp air. It has tons of little capillaries in its mouth and throat which allow it to take in oxygen that way as well. Despite the fact that it can breathe more than one way, the Mudskipper is only able to survive out of the water for 3 ½ days. Eventually it must return back to the water to continue living. However, the fact that the Mudskipper can breathe three different ways is astonishing.
3. How the Mudskipper Reproduces. This is where things start getting interesting. Eventually a female will come into the male’s burrow and lay eggs. The Mudskipper’s burrow is in a “U” shape. Since Mudskippers live close to water, the bottom parts of their borrows will be filled with water. One side reaches the surface while the other side remains underground but comes up enough to where there is an air pocket. So, the female will lay eggs up in the air pocket on the opposite side of the burrow. While this keeps the baby Mudskippers away from harm, the problem is that they will eventually run out of air. Since the Mudskipper is able to “gulp” air, it will take a breath, swim to the other side of the burrow and exhale the fresh air up into that air pocket. All of the eggs will die if their air supply is not replenished frequently.
The Mudskipper is definitely a very strange creature. At first glance it may look like an evolved animal, but by looking at all of its abilities, the evidence argues otherwise. How did the Mudskipper evolve the perfect abilities (fins, breathing, eyes, etc) to live in the water and on the land? How did the Mudskipper know the eggs would die in the air pocket if the oxygen wasn’t replaced? How did it develop the ability to gulp and exhale air when its primary forms of breathing are through the gills and skin? All of these would have to evolve at the same time with no mistakes in order for the Mudskipper to live. But this isn’t how evolution works. It speaks of slow change over millions of years. This is not consistent with the mudskippers abilities all linked together. This is consistent with being a creation of God though.
Just like every animal, there is a clear design and logical purpose behind each and every ability. The Mudskipper is definitely high on the unique scale, but it supports the existence of God just the same.
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