by RL David Jolly
Deep in the oceans around the world, lives a group fish that for the most part are look pretty plain. They are not real big as the largest ones may grow only to about 16 inches long. They are long and thin with spots or stripes, ordinary fins, small head, large jaws and big eyes that seem to look upward. They live between 160 feet to 3,300 feet down in water that never sees the sun or its light.
When you look at these fish in the daylight, they really don’t stand out as anything special. But if you put them in the dark and turn on a dim blue-violet light, their eyes glow a fluorescent green. Hence, the name of this genus of fish is Chlorophthalmus which means green eyes.
Yakir Gagnon, a biologist at Duke University in North Carolina has been studying greeneyes and was the one to discover exactly what the green light coloring meant to the fish and how it helped it to see in the dark ocean depths.
If you were to go down in the ocean to where the greeneyes lives and turned off all lights, the world would appear to be very dark, with the occasional flash of bioluminescence from some deep sea creature swimming past. It turns out that many of the creatures in the deep ocean emit a greenish bioluminescent light and it is this light that the greeneyes see quite well.
Fish eyes work very similar to our own eyes. Light waves pass through the lens and are focused on the retina, a layer of light sensitive cells in the back of the eye. When you look around you, you actually see a rainbow of colors from violets to reds. But when the greeneyes look around their dark world, they really only see certain shades of green light which just so happens to be the same green colors emitted by the creatures they feed upon and some of the creatures that feed upon them.
If you want to see what it’s like to only see one color, get yourself a flashlight and pieces of plastic or glass of various colors. At night, turn off all the lights so your room is as dark as possible. Then place one of the colored pieces of glass or plastic in front of the flashlight and turn it on. Look around your room and notice how different everything looks. There will be some things that look much brighter than others and there will be some objects that you may not even be able to see. Repeat the experiment using the different colors and note how different the room looks with each color from one of the other colors you used.
This will give you an idea of how the greeneyes see deep in the ocean. This will also give you an idea of the wonderful ways that God designed animals to live in different environments than ours. He is an awesome God who created greeneyes to see green light in the deep ocean and for you to see a rainbow of colors here on dry land.
Ocean Monsters Past and Present
From the predator Mosasaurus, called the ocean equivalent of T. rex, to the gigantic Archelon, the beasts who glided through the planet’s oceans no doubt were the inspiration for ancient sightings by mariners who described fantastic encounters on the open ocean. Wieland’s riveting text and easy descriptions are complemented by the beautiful full-color illustrations by acclaimed artist Darrell Wiskur. Readers will be amazed at these complex, huge beasts, some of which still live today.
The author also provides a thoroughly biblical analysis of these “dragons of the sea” within the framework of the literal history outlined in Genesis. Dragons of the Deep is totally evolution-free, explaining the facts about fossils and much more, from a biblical perspective. The exciting evidence about sea monsters repeatedly confirms how most fossils were rapidly buried, caused by the upheavals that occurred during the Genesis flood.
The facts presented in this book will help build biblically based scientific foundations in a young person, providing training to refute the atheistic, evolutionary world view that is encountered throughout life.