An Animal That Can Handle the Pressure

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On August 15, 1934, Otis Barton and William Beebe set the record for descending to the ocean depth of 3,028 feet. They did this with a spherical deep-sea submersible called a bathysphere. This submersible was made with very thick cast steel to handle the remarkable pressure at such depths. At this depth, the bathysphere would have been subjected to an incredible 1,300 psi (pounds per square inch). The water pressure is so great that no person could survive without protection.

The most amazing part of this journey was when they went down and then turned on the lights. What did they see? Fish! Now you might be thinking, “Well of course they saw fish. It’s the ocean.” But have we ever stopped to think about the fact that these fish are also under immense pressure? And yet they live and swim around without any problem at all.

To date, the deepest fish ever caught is the snailfish at about 26,000 feet. This puts the pressure at a ridiculous 11,000 psi. As National Geographic put it, “Snailfish are thought to be able to handle pressures equal to the weight of 1,600 elephants” (National Geographic). Now there are many different types of elephants (African bush elephants can reach 13,000 lbs), but lets just go with the smaller African forest elephant at 6,000 lbs. This still puts the pressure at 9,600,000 lbs! And yet once again, they move and live without any problem. All of their bodily systems are able to work perfectly.

This is just one more example of God’s handiwork. All around we are surrounded with animals that are so incredible there is no other logical explanation except for God. They indeed proclaim an intelligent Creator.

When we look at the incredible design and creation around us, let’s echo the Psalmist great words, “For the Lord is a great God and a great King above all gods, in whose hand are the depths of the earth, the peaks of the mountains are His also. The sea is His, for it was He who made it, and His hands formed the dry land” (Psalm 95:3-5).

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