“He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? he that formed the eye, shall he not see?”
We love it when one of our listeners brings something of interest to our attention that we can pass along to other listeners. A listener sent us a link to an article at the National Geographic website on little-known facts about the eyes of animals. Since National Geographic treats evolution as fact, no mention was made that God created the eyes of these animals. But we are sure that our listeners will be quick to give credit where credit is due!
When asked which creature has the most eyes, the magazine replied that the world record holder is a type of mollusk called chiton. This ocean dweller has thousands of eyes embedded in shells on their backs. Most scallop species also have up to hundreds of eyes, as do giant clams. What’s more, certain types of tubeworms called sabellids and serpulids have hundreds of small, compound eyes on their feeling appendages.
When asked which animal has the most advanced vision system, the article gave the nod to another underwater creature – the mantis shrimp. Their stalked eyes have three separate regions, and they are even able to see ultraviolet and circularly polarized light. Compared to our own three photoreceptors, mantis shrimp have up to sixteen! The crustaceans may use their photoreceptors to recognize colors right in the eye, rather than processing them in the brain, as we do.
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Heavenly Father, thank you for giving me eyes to see and especially for giving me the eyes to see spiritual things that lead to eternal life. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
L. Langley, “Ask Your Weird Animal Questions: Animal Eyes”, National Geographic, 7/14/14. Photo: Lined chiton. Courtesy of Magnus Manske. (CC-BY-SA 3.0)