Jet Planes That Taste Bad


On today’s Creation Moments Minute, how a Japanese airlines virtually eliminated the problem of bird strikes.

Many airports around the world have a problem with birds interfering with takeoffs and landings. So how did All Nippon Airways eliminate the problem? Many insects that taste bad to birds have a large spot on them – called an eyespot. When birds see an insect with what looks like an eyespot, they avoid it.

So the company painted eyespots on the rotating fans of their jet engines. As a result, birds have been avoiding All Nippon Airways planes. In the year after the eyespots were introduced, only one bird struck a plane.

In our modern age of high technology, it seems strange that we would learn how to solve technological problems from nature. But it shouldn’t seem strange. After all, the Creator who is responsible for the creation knows far more than even the best scientists!

For Creation Moments Minute, I’m Darren Marlar.

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Ref: Boxer, Sarah, ed. 1987. “These eyes high in the Japanese sky are strictly for the birds.” Discover, January. p. 8.