20130615-212908.jpgIn the depths of the ocean, far beyond the “photic zone” where sunlight can permeate, exists a world of very unique deep sea creatures. To say the living conditions are extreme is an understatement. It is extremely cold … except for near the boiling hydrothermal vents. Food is scarce and oxygen levels are low.

Many of the fish are blind, relying on their other senses such as sensitivity to changes in pressure or smell in order to catch food or avoid being eaten themselves. Those that aren’t blind, have large eyes with heightened sensitivity to detect bioluminescent light. In fact, over half of deep sea creatures have bioluminescent capabilities and can produce light in order to search for food, attract prey, communicate, or temporarily blind attackers so they can escape. Some are dark colored to escape detection while others are mostly transparent. Some have monster-like teeth while other varieties of jellyfish and shrimp-like creatures put on a multicolored light show.

Lanternfish. Anglerfish. Fangtooth. Giant squid. Giant tube worms. With less than 2 percent of the ocean’s floor explored, new creatures are found with every expedition.

What do I find so amazing about this variety? That these creatures existed in the depths long before humans could ever safely explore them since it took the invention of special equipment to withstand the enormous pressure. (Imagine a mile or more of water sitting on your head!) While the coral reefs display a part of God’s extreme creativity (see last weeks’s post), I think the deep sea creatures were more for His own enjoyment. Like preparing a divine surprise to eventually be discovered and wondered over. After all, who can fully know the depths of God’s love, grace, mercy, wisdom, and more?

“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.” (Romans 1:20 NIV)

Creation declares that God loves to surprise us with His boundless creativity. After all, who would have ever imagined a light show at the bottom of the ocean?

What about you? Do you like surprises? Why or why not? Have you ever planned a surprise for someone else? How did it feel to wait for them to discover it?

Creation Declares – Deep Sea Creatures
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