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1Flashlight fish Empty Flashlight fish Sat Apr 26, 2014 7:05 pm




The flashlight fish are a family, the Anomalopidae, of beryciform fish. Some unrelated fish with similar features are also called flashlight fish. Notable among these are the deepsea lanternfish.

Flashlight fish live in tropical waters across the world. Some species move to shallow waters or coral during the night, but otherwise, they are exclusively deep water fish. They are typically about 14 cm (5.5 in) in adult length, although some species reach twice this size. They feed on small crustaceans. Flashlight fish are named for their large bioluminescent organs. These are located beneath the eyes and contain luminous bacteria. Two methods are used by different species for controlling light emission, either a shutter-like lid is raised over the organ or the organ is turned downward into a pouch. The light is used for predator avoidance, to attract prey, and for communication. Evolution doesn't plan so it isn't the answer here. God is so creative and only He could have created something like this. ~Jason White, Biblical Creation

Bioluminescence is an extraordinary capability utilized by many insects, plants, bacteria, and underwater creatures. Their luminescence can function as a form of communication or aid in functions such as hunting or mating. Bioluminescence occurs as result of a chemical process including two molecules, luciferin and luciferase. These two components can be represented differently in different luminescent creatures; i.e. marine animals versus insects. Due to its unique abilities, bioluminescence has been widely recognized by the scientific community. Scientists have now found ways to treat infections, bacteria, and even cancer. This miraculous process, which many evolutionists would claim to be a masterful result of evolution, in fact strongly supports the concept of a creator. There is no conceivable how or why bioluminescence would occur spontaneously or through a long drawn-out process over millions of years. Therefore, it strongly supports the words of the Bible, describing how a powerful God created the universe and all creatures, plants, etc. therein.

2Flashlight fish Empty Re: Flashlight fish Sat Apr 26, 2014 7:26 pm



Also, where did the special chemicals (luciferin and luciferase) that produce bioluminescence come from? Living light is produced when luciferin combines with oxygen taken from air or water, but the chemical reaction will only take place when there is luciferase present. How was this “simple” life surviving while either of these chemicals developed slowly by chance and accident? Both would have had to evolve at the same time! Neither is any good without the other. Slow and gradual steps will not work. You have to have all or you get none. The only way to get it all is by intelligent design. Bioluminescence demands a designer (creator) and that Creator is God.

3Flashlight fish Empty Re: Flashlight fish Sat Apr 26, 2014 7:34 pm



For many key anatomical features found in nature, a necessary behavioral pattern must be present if a desired function is to be fulfilled. The prominent bioluminescent bulb of the anglerfish for example must exhibit a slow waving motion if it is to lure its prey. As Hornyansky and Tasi so vividly illustrate, any intermediate behavior on the way to becoming the fully-fledged comportment we see today, would have been inappropriate and insufficient for catching unsuspecting fry. In effect, anglerfish are endowed with an IQ that must have appeared at once and in parallel with its predatory anatomy if it were to provide any selective advantage.

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