NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TV'S UNDERSEA FAIRY TALES
A documentary called Built for the
Kill has been screened on National Geographic TV. Its aim was twofold.
On the one hand, the program described some of the techniques used by
sea creatures to hunt or evade capture. On the other, it sent out a
Darwinist message by describing some creatures as "programmed to kill"
or "ruthless killers."
The flawless design in the creatures described in the
documentary were portrayed as mechanisms "developed for survival,"
although no evidence of this was offered. This is a technique frequently
encountered in broadcasts by National Geographic TV and similar Darwinist
institutions. However, it is obvious that these descriptions lack
any scientific basis, since looking at the features possessed by the
creatures and saying "they developed these in order to survive" or
sticking an evolutionary label on the design in living things is itself
of no scientific value.
For instance, attempting to account for the shiny skin on the underside
of the blue shark and the dark skin on the top by means of evolution,
while failing to provide any evidence, merely reveals National Geographic
TV's prejudices. Another fish, looking down, cannot make out the shark
against the dark tones of the sea bottom thanks to the dark color of
the shark's skin. The shark will similarly be camouflaged against the
brightness of the sea surface stemming from the rays of the sun. If
this is to be explained by evolution, then it must also be explained
how the information for this camouflage design emerged by chance in
the creature's DNA, and scientific proof must be given. Maintaining
that this information came about by natural selection and random mutations,
in the absence of any scientific evidence whatsoever, is merely Darwinist
On the other hand, this feature of the shark can be perfectly
convincingly accounted for by intelligent design: the information
regarding which areas of the shark's skin are to be which colors is
present in its DNA. It is utterly rational and scientific to maintain
that the encoding of this information came about not by chance but
by conscious intervention.
The fundamental factor, which reveals the invalidity
of the evolutionist claims put forward in the film, is the exceedingly
complex nature of the design in the creatures discussed. The dolphin
sonar dealt with in the documentary is one instance of this. Dolphins
possess a special organ in their heads that allows them to send out
sound waves and sense the echoes that reflect from physical bodies.
These sound waves can penetrate some 30 cm beneath the sand and can
be picked up in an amazing way by the dolphins as the environment
changes (from water to sand and back from sand to water). In this
way the dolphin plots a sort of map of what lies beneath the sand.
Another aspect indicative of the perfection in dolphin
sonar is the way the U.S. Navy has imitated it in its own development
of sonar. Since existing forms of sonar were unable to locate mines
buried in the sand during the Gulf War, the U.S. fleet lost a number
of ships. It then set out to use the dolphin wave range in the research
it supported and to employ the dolphin's sensory technique in its
The perfect sonar system in dolphins inspired
many scientists and led them to make use of this system in marine
technology. ASDIC, the first active sonar technology invented
in World War II, was able to detect and track a submerged submarine
at about 2,000 yards in good conditions. The sonar system, which
humans only started to use in the twentieth century, has been
used by dolphins for millions of years. All these perfect designs
in nature are evidence for God's matchless artistry in creation.
Whitlow Au, a researcher from the
Hawaii Marine Biology Institute in Kailua, together with his colleagues,
managed to come up with such a sonar system four years ago. A computerized
sonar device which monitored and decoded the echoes of the waves it
sent was added to this artificial dolphin sonar. This sonar, developed
by scientists, was subjected to a number of tests and produced very
positive results, registering a 90% success rate in locating mines buried
40 cm under the sand.1
As we can see, an advanced computer needs to be used
in order to imitate the action of dolphin sonar. This animal's sonar
faculty, which does what an advanced computer can do but in an even
more efficient manner, and which is also far more compact than a computer,
is a miracle of engineering. To maintain that such an organ emerged
by mutations-which evolution depends on-is just as illogical as maintaining
that a computer could emerge from the soil as a result of natural
phenomena such as wind and rain. No rational person would obviously
ever believe such a claim. Yet National Geographic TV glosses over
this complex organ during its account of dolphin sonar by calling
it "a product of evolution," without offering the slightest evidence.
Another creature whose complex design leaves the theory
of evolution floundering is the angelfish. Thanks to its flat body,
this animal buries itself in the sand to wait for its prey, and keeps
a lookout with two eyes which protrude like periscopes. One of the
creature's most astonishing aspects is that it can also detect the
approach of prey thanks to an organ which senses electrical signals.
When the moment comes, it suddenly lunges out of its hiding place
and swallows its prey in a single gulp.
National Geographic TV employed the expression "it developed
a sixth sense" during its description of this sense possessed by the
creature. This sensory system contains a most complex design: the
animal possesses an organ that perceives electrical impulses, nerves
which carry the signals received by that organ, and, most important
of all, a brain capable of transforming these signals into a meaningful
map. Highly effective connections transmit the signals between the
nerve cells. These connections have been designed to prevent the signals
from being lost or diminished in any way. In short, there is a very
detailed design and organization in the sensory system. Since even
a simple ammeter for measuring electric currents requires a specific
design, it is clear that this much more complex sensory system was
also intelligently designed.
After describing all these complex systems, National
Geographic TV claimed that they all emerged "by evolution," without
feeling the need to offer any evidence for this. Yet again, this shows
how dogmatically devoted National Geographic TV is to the theory of
evolution. It feels no need to test the foundations of the theory.
On the contrary, it seeks to account for the whole of nature in the
light of the theory after having swallowed it verbatim.
Nor do the descriptions of some creatures in the program
as "ruthless killers" actually reflect the truth. This expression
is employed to impose the Darwinist dogma that there is a ruthless
struggle for survival in nature and that living things are aggressive,
selfish, and ruthless. Yet, the hunting that goes on among living
things is not "ruthless killing." Animals kill only for food or self-defense.
The method they employ is usually the swiftest, and thus the method
that inflicts the least suffering. (For instance, a lion kills its
prey by biting its throat.)
The magnificent hunting mechanisms and camouflage skills
in living things cannot have come about by evolution. The complex
design in animals and all other organisms can only be accounted for
by intelligent design. National Geographic TV merely repeats Darwinist
shibboleths as it describes natural phenomena. If the channel really
wants to defend the theory of evolution, it must account for the origin
of complex organs in evolutionary terms. Indeed, the reason why it
makes do with offering accounts full of Darwinist slogans is that
it is impossible to offer such an explanation.