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How to Freeze a Turtle
What amazing trick keeps young painted turtles alive when the temperatures fall well below freezing? Find out on today’s Creation Moments Minute.
When painted turtles hatch in the winter, they freeze solid. As the baby turtles freeze, there is no breathing and no heartbeat. Only a tiny bit of electrical activity in the frozen brain reveals that life remains in the body. Now, when living cells freeze, the long, sharp ice crystals that form in them puncture the cell membrane, killing the cell. So why don’t ice crystals rupture the cells of the young turtle? Amazingly, their liver makes special proteins that are circulated to every cell in its body. These proteins ensure the formation of very small ice crystals that cannot become large enough to puncture delicate cell walls.
Only God could have invented such a unique method of protecting tiny painted turtles. Even scientists marvel at this.
For Creation Moments Minute dot com, I’m Darren Marlar.
Ref: Janet M. Storey and Kenneth B. Storey. “Out Cold.” Natural History. January, 1992, pp. 23-25.