Last March, many scientific websites, the New Scientist website in particular, published articles regarding the Blenny Fish (Alticus arnoldorum). The articles featured a study carried out by Terry Ord, a researcher from New South Wales University in Australia, and his colleagues on this fish species. According to the research, these fish species are found swimming in rock pools around Rarotonga Island in the South Pacific Ocean when waters ebb during low tide and they climb up to rocks during the flow in high tides until the waters ebb.
In order to identify the reason why the Blenny fish climbs on rocks during high tide, the research team used 250 plasticine models of the fish. Leaving half of the models submerged in and the other half out of the water, scientists saw that during the flow, the models submerged in the water sustained three times more damage than those out of the water. In other words, the Blennies seek refuge on the rocks to avoid large animals such as iguanas, eels and sea otters when water levels rise due to ebb and flow. And they return to water when the sea levels are low once again.
In this news report, this incredible ability displayed by the Blenny fish was used with the intention of producing so-called evidence for evolutionary nonsense and the Blennies were claimed to be a supposedly amphibian fish species in the process of relocating to land. First of all, despite a complete lack of scientific evidence, readers are mislead with the title “These fish are evolving right now to become land-dwellers“. As a matter of fact, the invalidity of evolutionary claims is already proved within the article. For example, as per the remarks of scientist Terry Ord, this life form;
- Does not possess the most essential organs to dwell on land; the legs.
- Can absorb little oxygen through its skin, but its main means of respiration is its gills, which requires being in water.
For that reason, according to other research that was conducted, it is utterly impossible for Blennies, the average length of which reaches 6.5 cm, to dwell on land; in other words, to become land-dwellers, as the evolutionists claim. Because even if they climb on rocks, they still need the water accumulating on the rocks and the water droplets sprayed by the waves crashing on the rocks. Failing to keep their gills and skins moist means their imminent death. [i]
Legs and lungs are not the only things the Blennies need to survive as land-dwellers. They need other vital attributes as well. For example, for this fish species to become a land-dwelling life form it needs to have:
- kidneys to filter bodily waste,
- certain traits that will prevent dehydration via its skin,
- ears and eyes equipped with qualities allowing them to properly function in dry air.
The Blenny fish cannot survive as land-dwellers so long as they do not possess all of these properties and would die before long.
The contradictory evolutionary explanations featured in this news report are not limited to these matters, either. For example, in another article on the subject, it is stated that[ii] it is not possible to estimate how long the Blenny fish can remain out of water, yet it was claimed that “some blenny fish spend nearly all their lives out of the water.” However, these contradictory statements do not even clarify which Blenny fish species possess such ability.
Until today, evolutionists have tried to introduce several fish species as the so-called predecessors of amphibians. However, there is a scientifically undeniable fact that a fish must go through myriad changes before it can transform into an amphibian and such a transformation would require a large number of part-finned – part-footed, part-gilled- part-lunged transitional life forms to appear during this transformation period. But not even a single sign of such living beings has been found in the fossil record. Among over 800 million fossils that have been discovered to date, there are full fish and full amphibian species, yet not even a single transitional life form that is part sea creature, part land creature.
Unknown Facts about Fang Blennies
The fang blenny is a small-size species of fish having quite large teeth compared to its body. These fish, about 5 cm long, living in the ocean may be considered to be vulnerable at any moment. However, as a manifestation of His eternal mercy, our Lord created these tiny creatures with a special defense system for protection. The name fang blenny is in fact derived from this defense system of the fish.
The fish has two large canine teeth that jut out of its lower jaw. However, these teeth are like a giant factory full of chemical weapons.
When attacked, the fish uses the venom hidden inside its teeth to defend itself. This venom, functioning as a chemical defense weapon, repulses the attacker and allows the fish to move away safely.
First, it should be noted that the venom used by the fish is produced as a result of chemical processes that are too complex to be explained by means of evolution and is composed of three special components:
The neuropeptide that is seen in the cone snail (signaling molecules affecting brain activity)
Lipase that is found in scorpions (enzymes involved in the digestion and processing of nutritional lipids)
Opioid peptide (molecules that bind to opioid receptors in the brain and producing morphine like effect in the body)
When other fish prey on the fang blenny, the predator would naturally bite it before swallowing. This allows the fang blenny to inject its venom into the predator’s body. Once the venom is injected, the neuropeptide and opioid components cause a sudden drop in blood pressure, leaving the blenny’s attacker disorientated. The predator’s mouth opens, thereby allowing the fang blenny to escape safely. Furthermore, the predatory fish is not capable of chasing the fang blenny afterwards as the effect of the venom lasts for a while.
There is a very important point here: It wouldn’t be possible for the fang blenny to escape safely out of the mouth of the predator if it weren’t for the constituents of the venom that existed from the very first moment of its existence. Otherwise, it would be impossible for the fang blenny to move out of the predatory fish’s mouth unharmed, falling prey instantly. For that reason, these three chemical components of the fang blenny’s venom should have existed since the very first moment of existence. This demonstrates that the complexity of the venom system of the fang blenny undermines any claim of blind coincidence.
Blennies, like all other life forms, exhibit a complexity so superior that even the most advanced technologies are unable to reproduce it. And, like all other life forms, they, too, are living proofs of God’s flawless creation. The claim that one day fish moved from sea to land and developed lungs and feet by virtue of blind coincidence is nothing but a delusion. The undeniable fact is that Almighty God created these living beings in their perfect form.