"God Bless You" Indeed
“Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them.”
Most people know that if they are stranded at sea without fresh water they should not drink sea water. While we need salt, the amount of salt in sea water would kill a person more quickly than thirst. Have a little too much salt on your popcorn and your kidneys will filter out the extra. But to do so, they need extra fresh water.
The marine iguanas of the Galapagos islands drink too much salt water every day. They feed on the algae that grow in sea water, but they lack a good freshwater supply to flush the salt out using their kidneys. Since God knew what kind of environment this iguana would one day be living in, He gave the marine iguana a special gland. Located in its head, it removes excess salt from the iguanas’ blood and holds it. Periodically, the iguana will sneeze, expelling the salt-saturated fluid. As it dries it leaves a salty crown on the top of its head that dissolves back into the sea during the next swim. Several other reptiles also have salt glands, but each of these work very differently. This means that evolutionists must explain how these salt glands evolved at least ten times.
God gave the marine iguana these unique glands because He knew what they would need for the life He gave them.
Thank You, Lord, for providing so wondrously for all Your creatures, even as You have provided for my salvation. Amen.
Answers, 3-4/09, pp. 20-22, Mary Mitchell, “Salt-Sneezing Lizards.” Photo: Marine iguana on Baltro island, Galapagos islands, Ecuador. Courtesy of Diego Delso. (CC BY-SA 4.0)