If like me, you’re tired of the God squad saying that God’s creations are all around us, and it’s evident in nature, then allow me to give examples of how cruel, and irregular nature can be, and if it’s all God’s creation, then he’s got some serious mental issues that need addressing.
A parasitic relationship involves one organism, the parasite, living off another organism, the host. There are a few types of parasites. Ectoparasites are leeches, fleas and mosquitos, that feed on the host’s blood, or intercellular parasites like viruses and bacteria. Endoparasites are tapeworms, lungworms, threadworms, roundworms, whipworms and hookworms that live inside the host that feed off the body’s nutrients.
Protozoa are single-cell parasites like Entameba histolytica, Toxoplasma gonod, Malaria, Cryptosporidium, Giardia, Leishmaniasis and Balantidium coli. Most parasites may cause slight harm to its host, but the host is essential to its survival, so it’s in the parasite’s interest that it remains alive, although some parasites like mosquitoes carry diseases like malaria, or ticks spread Lyme disease.
Some human parasites can cause a variety of symptoms that can appear to be something else and can be difficult to detect. The symptoms can range from diarrhoea, vomiting, weight loss, loss of appetite, rashes or general feelings of fatigue. Some parasites like Aphids attack plants and feed off the sap of its plant host, but Aphids are prone to parasitic attacks from Hymenoptera wasps that injects its eggs into into them, and when the larvae hatches it feeds on the aphid from inside and chews its way out. They are known as parasitoids, who start of as a parasite within its host, but becomes a predator when it kills it. Most are wasps, but some species of flies and beetles have evolved into parasitoids, and it’s estimated that there could realistically be thousands upon thousands of species.
The Dementor Wasp’s favourite snack is a cockroach, and it prefers its prey alive whilst feasting. It injects the cockroach with a venom, which immobilises them, and the wasp then eats it alive.
The North American short-tailed shrew works in a similar way to the Dementor Wasp. It’s favourite snack is mice, but they don’t devour it in one sitting; they prefer to graze on their prey. They secrete a venom from glands in their mouth which paralyses the mouse, and they then feed on it for days until it eventually dies from injury.
The Electric Eel can let out an electric charge of 660 volts, and in water that is extremely deadly. One of their hunting techniques is to let out intermittent charges that cause involuntary muscle spasms from their hidden prey revealing their location and once discovered they let out a full charge to disable their lunch.
The Pistol Shrimp kills its prey with bullets made of bubbles. Using its giant claw that has an open and closing muscle that work against each other once opened there’s tremendous tension that causes a violent snap. It causes a shockwave that creates a bubble that moves at 100 km/h and sound capable of exceeding 200 decibels, making it the loudest sea creature. As the bubble collapses scientists say that it momentarily reaches almost the estimated temperature of the surface of the sun (bubble 4,700 °C) (sun 5,500 °C).
The Peacock Mantis Shrimp is quite an amazing creature for two reasons. It’s eyes are the most complex of any discovered or researched animal in the world. It has millions of light sensitive cells and can see ten times as many colours as humans. It’s an extremely aggressive predator that hunts using clubbed appendages, that move as fast as a .22 bullet that literally punches a hole in whatever it decides is on its menu.
The Orchid Mantis is an incredibly sneaky predator in that it pretends to be part of a plant and waits there until unsuspecting prey lands to feed. They use cryptic mimicry, which is an evolutionary tactic that allows an animal to camouflage itself, or change colour to blend in with its surroundings, and perhaps the most well known is the chameleon.
Symbiotic animal relationships
Hermit crabs generally become best buddies with sea anemones, where the anemones hitches a ride on the back of the crab. The anemone eats the left overs from the crabs meals, and in return it helps defend the crab from predators.
Crocodiles and Plover birds give each other mutual benefits. After the crocodile has finished his dinner he sits on the river bed with his mouth wide open. This is an invitation for the plover to approach and eat the remains embedded in its teeth. The crocodile gets dental treatment, and the bird gets a free meal.
Colombian lesserblack tarantulas and Humming frogs are room mates. The frog gets to live in the spider’s burrow rent free if it protects the spider’s eggs from ants, and in return it gets the protection of the spider. It’s truly a beneficial relationship.
Spiny–tailed lizard and scorpion also often become housemates. The lizard’s den in an often sought after place as it’s cool and shaded away from the blistering sun, and it allows the scorpion to live there rent free, despite being extremely territorial, because the scorpion can offer it sufficient protection against predators.
Unusual animals and sea creatures
The Axolotl Salamander is a strange creature in that unlike other salamanders it keeps its youthful looks its whole life and never goes onto land to live as an adult. What’s remarkable is its ability, as a vertebrae to fully regenerate missing limbs. Scientists have been studying their secret for years in an attempt to reproduce it with human amputees.
The Dumbo octopus are deep ocean creatures that are known to dwell in depths of 4000 metres, and are named Dumbo because their fins resemble the ears of Disney’s Elephant. They are known to grow up to almost 6 foot long, and are kings of their domain as there are very few other predators at the depth they live in.
The Gerenuk is an antelope which is totally out of proportion. It has a long body and neck like a Giraffe with the tiniest head and over-sized ears. It’s evolved to be able to stand on its hind legs so it can reach the tastier leaves high up trees.
The Japanese Spider Crab is a truly terrifying looking thing, and I’m quite sure it strikes fear into the hearts of other ocean pedestrians. Its leg span is the largest of any known arthropod, and despite its ferocious appearance its extremely placid and uses its body to blend into rocks to act as camouflage.
The Blob Fish resembles Donald Trump but without the awful wig, and lives in the deep waters around Australia and New Zealand. It’s literally just a blob of jelly who’s mass is slightly less than the surrounding water which enables it to move around the ocean floor without expending too much energy.
The Peacock Spider is a tiny species of the jumping spider who uses its vivid colours to attract a mate, and claps its legs together to gain further attention. It’s apparently got moves like Jagger as it dances to woo its intended lady friend.
This extremely serious chap is the Shoe-bill Stork, and it’s evidence to anyone with even the slightest grasp of reality, that it’s a descendent of dinosaurs. They reside in Eastern Africa, and unfortunately they are close to extinction due to being worth thousands of dollars on the black market.
This demonic looking fish is the Fangtooth which is a deep sea inhabitant. There are two species and there are no known close relatives. Little is known about them other than they hunt at night as they don’t like bright lights, and due to their poor eyesight it’s literally a matter of luck if they bump into prey. Despite their ferocious appearance that are relatively small, and are prey to larger fish like tuna.
This isn’t a Slipknot mask, it’s a Humpback Anglerfish. This attractive looking specimen is another deep sea creature, so it’s highly unlikely anyone will encounter one. They are part of the Black Sea Devil family, and use their bioluminescence of the esca (protruding piece of spine from its skull) to attract prey. Despite looking as vicious as the Fangtooth, it’s also small in stature. It lives no higher than 3000 feet where the water is almost freezing.
Not much is known about the Pink See Through Fantasia as it was only discovered 12 years ago and aren’t easy to come by. They are a type of sea cucumber that has its organs on display for all to see, and it emits light which is often used to stun potential predators. It’s found 2,500 metres deep in the Celebes Sea which is part of the western Pacific near Indonesia.
The Chimaera is another deep sea creature that is usually found around 2,600 metres deep. It’s quite a larger fish being around 5 feet in length. It’s also known as the Ghost Shark, and their closest living relative is the shark. They have cartilage instead of bones, and they have a venomous spine in front of the dorsal fin.
The Goblin Shark is classed as a living fossil due to the length of time it’s been alive, and dates back 125,000,000 years. It’s another deep sea creature, and it’s quite rare. They have been known to grow up to 13 feet in length, but scientists believe some many be much larger in size.
The sarcastic Fringehead is an extremely aggressive and territorial fish. They are a type of tube blenny, and tend to hide in crevices, shells or anywhere they feel is secluded enough to perform a surprise attack from. They live around the Pacific along the west coast, and will literally attack anything that gets too close, and due to the size of their mouth they have an extremely tight grip.
Here we have the Texas Horned Lizard, and as a defence against predators, it shoots blood from its eyes. Due to them being tiny, they’ve had to adopt several defence mechanisms, and another is the ability to blend in with their surroundings leaving them invisible to birds of prey. But shooting blood from their ocular sinus is an extremely bizarre evolutionary trait.
Hermaphroditism and protandry
All Clown Fish are born as males, and the most dominant ones turn into female from a process called sequential hermaphroditism. If the now female fish dies, the remaining most dominant male turns into a female and the process continues.
The Banana Slug has both male and female reproductive organs. When they mate, they impregnate each other from penises that are on their heads.
The Ribbon Moray Eels are all born male, and when it becomes fully grown it changes into a female. It will then mate, lay its eggs and die soon after.
This butterfly is split down the middle. One half is male, and the other half is female. They are called bilateral gynandromorphs, and is mostly an insect trait, but some birds, crustaceans like crabs or lobsters can also have it. It isn’t as rare as you’d imagine.
A wide range of animals are capable of virgin births (parthenogenesis) where they fertilise themselves. Scientists think it’s possibly an evolutionary mistake, and surprisingly every parthenogenetic Copperhead snake offspring studied has been male. Most snails and worms are hermaphrodites and are also known to have parthenogenetic births; albeit rarely. Most plants are also hermaphrodites.
There are human examples of this and they are classed as intersex as they don’t fit the male or female categories, and the term hermaphrodite is considered stigmatising. Intersex people face discrimination from birth, especially from Christians who only accept male and female and their ignorance won’t allow them to see passed that. Non–binary sexuality isn’t accepted in many countries and the parents have to choose what gender is to go on the birth certificate, but some countries accept gender fluidity and they have dual sex birth certificates, and are able to live Androgynous.
Belgian supermodel Hanne Gaby Odiele is intersex, and is an advocate for intersex human rights working with interACT.
Homosexuality is common, very common and there aren’t many species of animals that don’t portray homosexual or bisexual tendencies. It’s not uncommon for either sex of an animal to sexually stimulate themselves with the same sex. Whilst scientists don’t actually class them as homosexual the same way they do with humans there’s still a bond. I have two Chihuahuas and sometimes one will mount the other, but it’s about dominance, not sexual attraction.
Homosexuality in humans has always existed, as has bisexuality and pansexuality (where they are attracted to the person and sexuality or gender is irrelevant).
In Ancient Rome it was practically the norm, and any hole was a goal. Orgies were rife, and due to their society being patriarchal, the homosexual penetration was seen as a sign of dominance. Roman men were actually expected to have sexual activity with men and women, even after marriage, although when married they only had relations with lower classes (infamia), except another man‘s slave as they were property.
I’ve covered several areas here and after reading my examples of animal behaviour, can anyone genuinely accept that it was all created by a God, and if so, how can you come to that conclusion, and why would an all-loving God create such bizarre and lethal predators? Why would he make fingerprints unique, or Tiger stripes as unique as fingerprints?
If Evolution isn’t responsible, and God is, why did he make birds that can’t fly, or fish with no eyes. Why did he create thousands of deadly diseases and illnesses that cause tremendous suffering? I touched upon this in my Intelligent Design article.
Why did he give bats the luxury of sonar, but make some insects blind so they have to rely on pheromones to navigate. Why did he give the Mayfly just 24 hours of life, if it’s lucky, but some tortoise can live for 120 years, and some turtles exceed 400 years. The whole theory that a God created everything in six days and had the imagination to make the animal kingdom so diverse is frankly ludicrous, and anyone who thinks so needs therapy.