Hi, Mr. Nature here–with a deep-sea creature that looks like the product of a special effects crew.
The goblin shark wasn’t discovered until 1898. It has two far-out features. First, that long thing sticking way out the top of its head. It’s not a nose or a horn. It’s full of tiny sensors that enable the shark, in deep and lightless waters, to detect electrical fields given off by living things it might want to eat.
The second weird feature is a set of jaws that can be shot out in front of its head to catch prey–sort of like the choppers on the monster in Alien. Zap! Gotcha!
The shark in the video probably didn’t mean to attack the diver, and only accidentally got its teeth caught in the wet suit. This gives us a really good look at those extendable jaws.
Probably the closest look we’ll ever want to get.
Hi, Mr. Nature here, pleading with whoever’s out there to find this blog 131 more views before midnight–a tall order, but what does it hurt to ask?
Meanwhile, I found this nice video of a marine iguana peacefully feeding on seaweed underwater. I have to take issue with its billing as a “Godzilla lizard as big as a man.” Half of that length is just the tail, and a 6-foot-long marine iguana would be a real whopper. Not impossible, but quite unlikely. Nor does he look like Godzilla, King of the Monsters.
Marine iguanas live only on the Galapagos Islands and are not affiliated with the U.S. military. Social animals, they live in groups along the shore, basking on the sunny rocks. Males fight ritually, doing very little harm to one another, but sometimes have to break up fights between females, who have no time for ritual and take the issue of ownership of nesting space very seriously.
But it’s more of God’s stuff that’s been working without a hitch, just fine, for I don’t know how many centuries.
I’m lucky if my stuff works two days in a row.
While I hunt around for a suitable cat video for you, met the weta. Imagine a great big cricket as big as a hamster, with pinch-beetle jaws, and you’ve got the weta from New Zealand. Hot dog!
Have you ever tried this–a nice sand bath? What–you’re not a hamster? I guess if you were, you wouldn’t be reading this. Anyway, see these hamsters go to town on a sand bath. Admit it–you really want to try it out yourself. They say Burt Lancaster used to take a sand bath five times a week… and he was famous.
Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest. Proverbs 6:6-7
Watch these ants. Someone has spilled some grain on a stone step, and the ants have turned out in force to collect it, to bring it back to their nest and store it for future use. By the time they’re done, there won’t be a single kernel left on the stone.
Hi, Mr. Nature here, with more of God’s stuff that works a lot better than anything we humans can invent. Who trains the ants to store food against lean times to come? Who organizes them? How, without a government, without a spoken language, do they work so efficiently together?
This is God’s providence, here applied to tiny creatures which we don’t even notice unless they happen to annoy us. But He has taken thought for all His creatures, even ants.
We have resources at our command that ants can’t even imagine; and yet, if it were left up to college students who say that “Food just is!”, and doesn’t have to be carefully tended and diligently worked for… well, we’d all starve.
The ants know better, don’t they?
My own iguana was perfectly willing to make friends with cats and dogs, and even cuddle up with them if the room got cold. That’s because he was properly raised. But there was one cat who had a habit of coming into people’s rooms and pooing on the bed. He did not permit this cat to come into my room.
This iguana is still pretty young, as shown by his still bright-green color which will fade with age. I am told that it smarts when an iguana whacks you with his tail. I don’t know: I was never whacked or clawed or bitten.
However, he is old enough to hold back. The cat is not getting the full blast of iguana fury, not by a long shot. That would consist of gaping jaws paused to bite, loud hissing, tail-lashing–and a sudden charge. Here the lizard is just letting the cat know who’s boss, and staking his claim to respect.
I think the cat will figure it out.
This afternoon, as I forged ahead on my book, I was blessed with the sight of two goldfinches, a mated pair. The male is the bright yellow one, and the female has a kind of greenish tint.
Hi, Mr. Nature here, with more of God’s stuff that really works and is a delight to His people.
Although the goldfinch is our state bird here in New Jersey, we don’t see them that often. But the male goldfinch is a real eye-catcher, and usually where you see one, you see both. They’re never very far from one another.
A good lesson for married people, that!
Hi, Mr. Nature here.
Some of you may not have heard of the horned frog mentioned in the cat video. Well, this is one–a small one. They grow a lot bigger, they have very sharp teeth and powerful jaws, and they do not want to play.
This frog is holding back, probably because he thinks the human hand and arm constitute a snake. He puffs himself up to make it harder for the snake to swallow him. Sooner or later he’ll realize his mistake, and then someone is in for a chomping.
Linda sent us this last night, “Animals Show Gratitude to Their Rescuers” (https://fellowshipoftheminds.com/2017/05/26/animals-show-gratitude-for-being-rescued/), and I can’t get it out of my mind. If you haven’t seen it yet, please open the link.
Of all the uncounted multitude of gods worshiped by human beings over thousands of years, only of our God was it ever said, “God is love.” No one ever said “Zeus is love” or “Marduk is love” or “Quetzalcoatl is love,” but only “God is love”–our God, who made the heavens and the earth.
When you try to absorb this, it’s overwhelming. God really is love. He has infused His entire creation with it.
Birds and animals know this! Even in a fallen world, they know it. Whatever will it be like, when God regenerates His whole creation, free of death and sin? Will it be only animals and people who leap for joy, or will the very hills dance, and the stars sing?
We are not yet equipped even to imagine it. But someday we will be.
“Behold what manner of love the Father hath bestowed on us, that we should be called the sons of God. Therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew Him not./ Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be. But we know that when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is.” –I John 3:1-2