A Shocking Case for Creation | The Institute for Creation Research

A Shocking Case for Creation
Scientific investigation and research continue to reveal the Hand of the Creator. In this case, it is the remarkable electric fish (ray-finned fish, or knifefish belonging to the order Anguilliformes). The electric organ of these fish found in Africa and South America is nothing short of amazing.

Electric organs help electric fish, such as the electric eel, do all sorts of amazing things: They send and receive signals that are akin to bird songs, helping them to recognize other electric fish by species, sex and even individual.1

How did such an electric structure with these incredible abilities come about? Evolutionists say by the duplication of the gene that codes for submicroscopic sodium channels in muscles and sodium channel genes that have been repeatedly lost.1,2

But how do they know? The channels evolved allegedly by duplication in deep evolutionary time. In other words, in the unobserved past. Stephen Meyer addresses studies regarding the alleged evolution of various genes (that code, for example, sodium channels):

The evolutionary biologists conducting these studies postulate that modern genes arose as the result of these various mutational processes [duplication events, exon shuffling, retropositioning, lateral gene transfer, point mutations]— processes they envision as having shaped genes during a long evolutionary history.3

Award-winning creation scientist John Sanford, PhD—inventor of the biolistic particle delivery system, or "gene gun", wrote,

It is widely recognized that duplication, whether within a written text or within the living genome, destroys information. Rare exceptions may be found where a duplication is beneficial in some minor way (possibly resulting in some “fine tuning”), but this does not change the fact that random duplications overwhelmingly destroy information. In this respect, duplications are just like the other types of mutations.4

Regardless, evolutionists maintain electric organs evolved via duplication events.

To evolve electric organs, electric fish turned off one duplicate of the sodium channel gene in muscles and turned it on in other cells. The tiny motors that typically make muscles contract were repurposed to generate electric signals, and voila! A new organ with some astonishing capabilities was born.1

Of course, this is only a hypothesis.

What was the origin of these strange electric fish? "Their body shape is highly conserved [remaining unchanged throughout evolutionary time]. It has not changed much during 10 million years of evolution” stated an evolutionary biologist.5 Indeed, fish have always been fish. “They appear in the fossil record in the late Silurian period with fully formed jaws, and no forms intermediate between agnathans and gnathostomes are known.”6

Creationists see these wonderful fish as having been created as fish complete with the electric organ. But evolutionists state, “Evolution took advantage of a quirk of fish genetics to develop electric organs.”1 How is appealing to a “quirk” any more scientific than to appealing to the Creator?

Electric organs are found in no less than 500 species of fishes from the elephant nose to the skate, “Such an independent appearance of electric organs represents an example of convergent evolution”7 But citing convergent evolution should be cold comfort to the evolutionist.

[Convergence] doesn’t fit into the accepted evolutionary scheme. It draws attention to the undoubted similarity of different organisms, or their traits. Yet many such organisms share these similarities even though they were not present in their supposed common ancestor. . . Convergence, therefore, undermines the assumption that similarity is the result of common ancestry.8

To say that electric organs are complex is an understatement. A group of evolutionists said, “Many highly convergent adaptations are also complex, which makes their repeated emergence surprising.”9

If “small genetic changes enabled electric fish to evolve electric organs”1 then these very same changes had to occur randomly hundreds of times over evolution’s great ages, “...they have repeatedly evolved these incredible traits.”1 It’s no wonder their repeated emergence is surprising! Fish were created as fish on Day 5 of the creation week thousands of years ago.

References
1. Staff Writer. How electric fish were able to evolve electric organs. Phys.org. Posted on phys.org June 1, 2022, accessed June 2, 2022.
2. Futuyma, D. and M. Kirkpatrick. 2017. Evolution. Sinauer Associates, Sunderland, Massachusetts. 349.
3. Meyer, S. 2013. Darwin’s Doubt. New York: HarperCollins, 212.
4. Sanford, J. 2014. Genetic Entropy. FMS Publications, 224.
5. Staff writer. A new species of electric eel produces the highest voltage discharge of any known animal. Phys.org. Posted on phys.org September 10, 2019, accessed June 2, 2022.
6. Hickman, et al. 2020. Integrated Principles of Zoology. McGraw Hill. 525. Emphasis added.
7. Kardong, K. 2012. Vertebrates: comparative anatomy, function, evolution. McGraw Hill, 373.
8. Bethell, T. 2017. Darwin’s House of Cards. Discovery Institute Press, 115.
9. Heyduk, K. et al. 2019. The genetics of convergent evolution. Nature Reviews Genetics. 20:485-493.

*Dr. Sherwin is Research Scientist at the Institute for Creation Research. He earned an M.A. in zoology from the University of Northern Colorado and received an Honorary Doctorate of Science from Pensacola Christian College.
The Latest
CREATION PODCAST
Ernst Haeckel: Evolutionary Huckster | The Creation Podcast:...
Ernst Haeckel, a German Zoologist, is famous for developing a series of images of embryos in development called Anthropogenie. These images,...

NEWS
Bees Master Complex Tasks Through Social Interaction
Bees are simply incredible.1,2 These little furry fliers challenge the very foundation of Darwinism in many diverse ways. Bees have been...

NEWS
The Tail of Man’s Supposed Ancestors
Although it has been known for decades and despite insistence to the contrary from the evolutionary community, man—Homo sapiens—has never...

NEWS
When Day Meets Night—A Total Success!
The skies cleared above North Texas on Monday, April 8, for a spectacular view of the 2024 Great American Solar Eclipse. Hundreds of guests joined...

NEWS
The Sun and Moon—Designed for Eclipses
Before discovering thousands of planets in other solar systems, scientists tended to assume that other solar systems would be very similar to our own....

NEWS
Let ICR Help You Prepare for the Great American Solar Eclipse!
On Monday, April 8th, the moon will move directly between the earth and the sun, resulting in a total solar eclipse visible in northern Mexico, much...

NEWS
Total Eclipse on April 8th
“You alone are the LORD; You have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth and everything on it, the seas and all that...

CREATION PODCAST
Dismantling Evolution One Gear At A Time! | The Creation Podcast:...
The human body is a marvel of complexity and the more we learn about it, the more miraculous our existence becomes! Can evolution explain the...

NEWS
April 2024 ICR Wallpaper
"He appointed the moon for seasons; The sun knows its going down." (Psalm 104:19 NKJV) ICR April 2024 wallpaper is now available...

NEWS
Creation's Easter Message
While many Christians still consider the creation doctrine a fringe issue, a proper understanding of the Christian message finds creation at its core...