Psalm 119:18
“Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.”

The University of Tübingen’s Institute of Anatomy recently discovered a fish with what they called “a previously unknown type of eye.” The glasshead barreleye has a cylindrical eye pointing upwards to see prey, predators and potential mates. But the eye also has a mirror-like second retina which is able to detect bioluminescent flashes created by deep-sea denizens to the sides and below, reports Professor Hans-Joachim Wagner.

Glasshead barreleye close-upActually, it’s not really a previously unknown type of eye. Reflector eyes are usually only found in invertebrates, such as mollusks and crustaceans, but there is one other vertebrate that also uses a combination of reflective and refractive lenses in its eyes – the deep-sea brownsnout spookfish.

Now this is where it really gets interesting. According to the report, both the glasshead barreleye and the brownsnout spookfish developed this amazingly complex eye from different kinds of tissue. So if you’re going to believe in evolution, you’ll have to deal with the fact that this unusual type of eye had to evolve twice, independently of one another, using two different solutions to the same problem.

Those of us who accept biblical creation as true often wonder at the blindness of evolutionary scientists. How can they continue to cling to mindless mutations and natural selection when only a supremely intelligent Creator could account for the incredibly complex eye of the glasshead barreleye?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank You that You have given me eyes to see! Not only am I able to see the world around me more clearly, I am able to see – through the eyes of faith – the work that Your Son has done for me to secure eternal life.


Author: Steven J. Schwartz

Ref: “Researchers discover fish with a previously unknown type of eye”, Phys.Org 3/20/14. Photo: Glasshead barreleye close-up. Photographer unknown.

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