The Archer Fish

The archer fish has a unique way of making a living. This is the Creation Moments Minute.

When the yellow-and-black-striped archer fish finds a tasty-looking insect, he shoots an accurately aimed stream of water at his prey, knocking the insect into the water. Before the insect has a chance to recover, the archer fish has eaten him and is looking for dessert.

By placing his tongue against a deep groove in his mouth, the archer fish creates a virtual blow pipe. By compressing his gills, he then forces pressurized water through the pipe. The rounded tip of his tongue acts as a valve so the fish can shoot a few small bursts or one long stream of water at his prey. The archer fish seldom misses if his prey is within four feet.

This simple but elegant arrangement is certainly a testimony to a wise and skillful Creator.

For Creation Moments Minute, I’m Darren Marlar.

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