Deep Water Squid Communication Mystifies Scientists | The Institute for Creation Research
Deep Water Squid Communication Mystifies Scientists
In the deep, dark, cold waters of the Pacific Ocean—about 1,500 feet below the surface— hundreds of Humboldt squid the size of small humans (~ 5 feet long) were recently observed feeding on a school of lantern fish only about 3 to 4 inches long. The scientists used a high-tech remotely operated vehicle (ROV) with highly sophisticated photographic equipment to document the squid’s behavior. What they discovered was shockingly sophisticated.1

The squid were found to zip past each other with incredible speed and precision and, remarkably, never collided with each other when competing for prey. So, how did these high-speed maneuvers in the near-total darkness of the deep ocean occur? The amazing answer appears to be a highly sophisticated form of visual signaling and recognition involving a form of light production called bioluminescence.

Just like humans use softly lit eBook readers to visualize and read their favorite novel at night, the squids have the ability to softly illuminate highly elaborate skin patterns using sophisticated light-producing organs in their muscles. Like an eBook reader, this allows for a type of backlighting to reveal shifting pigmentation patterns in their skin. But even more amazing is the fact that the squid may be using these skin pigmentation patterns to signal one another. It’s like a high-speed way of saying, “That’s my fish! Don’t get in my way!”

Indeed, the researchers confirmed that the squid's pigmentation patterns relate to specific social contexts, such as voracious feeding in a tight group or just swimming around at a distance from one another. In fact, the researchers also believed there was good evidence that the different pigmentation behaviors could actually be further broken down into distinct informational units that are recombined to form different messages.

Evolutionists have no good explanation for how this highly sophisticated deep-water adaptive trait could have arisen through random evolutionary processes. Other types of squid living in shallow waters, where light is abundant, don't have these light-producing organs. Such a complex trait involves probably hundreds of genes and a host of complex physiological signaling pathways to produce—along with the means to recognize and behaviorally process the sophisticated messages. These traits can only be attributed to an all-powerful Creator that engineered these squids from the beginning.

References
1. Burford, B.P. and B.H. Robison. 2020. Bioluminescent backlighting illuminates the complex visual signals of a social squid in the deep sea. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. March 23, 2020. 201920875; DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1920875117.

*Dr. Tomkins is Life Sciences Director at the Institute for Creation Research and earned his doctorate in genetics from Clemson University.
The Latest
NEWS
Claims of 'Freshwater' Plesiosaurs Drowned by the Flood
A new discovery in Morocco’s Saharan Desert has evolutionary scientists making claims that plesiosaurs lived in freshwater too.1 Usually...

NEWS
Brainy Paper Wasps
Wasps (Family Vespidae) have a bad rap, but their benefits actually outweigh their painful sting—although many would disagree! What is the function...

CREATION PODCAST
The Secrets of the Cell | The Creation Podcast: Episode 29
Cells are the basic units of life, and in some forms they are actually organisms. What is a cell? What goes on inside of a cell? Did all life come from...

NEWS
Fossil Footprints Fit Flood Ice-Age Model
Anthropologists Thomas Urban (Cornell University) and Daron Duke (Far Western Anthropological Research Group) recently found preserved human footprints...

NEWS
Deep-Sea Lobster Microbiome
Research continues regarding complex and amazing microbiomes found on or within a variety of creatures.1 The microbiome is a microbial community...

NEWS
"Massively Exciting" Fossil Find
Now this is exciting: “Geologists have found the fossil of the earliest known animal predator. The 560-million-year-old specimen is the first of...

NEWS
Copulation Didn't Kill the Frogs, the Flood Did
Evolutionary scientists recently studied 168 frog fossils from central Germany, concluding that the frogs all drowned while aggressively mating. They claim...

CREATION PODCAST
What Can We Learn From Fossils? | The Creation Podcast: Episode...
Is evolution seen in the fossil record? Why are fossilized terrestrial animals found buried with marine creatures? What conditions were needed to form...

NEWS
Be Not Deceived: Spiritually Train to Overcome Secular Science...
Thorough instruction and discipline are the hallmark qualities of a strong military training program. Well-trained soldiers can think on their feet, adapt...

CREATION.LIVE PODCAST
Jurassic World: Dominion - Fun Movie, Bad Science | Creation.Live...
Covered in feathers, running faster than cars, and living in cold climates...these are just a few of the ideas introduced in Jurassic World: Dominion....