How not to evangelise to an atheist: Whale Shark Mystery

If you haven’t yet, read this, or this post won’t make sense.

If a WHALE SHARK dies, and falls to the seabed… it’s mealtime!

Researchers have found a deep-sea graveyard off the Angolan coast with the carcasses of four large marine creatures – a whale shark and three rays.

“It is extremely rare to encounter natural food-falls; in five decades of deep-sea photography and exploration only nine vertebrate carcasses have ever been documented,” the research team wrote. “To find four in such close proximity is unprecedented, suggesting that large food-falls are common in the region.”

What was not surprising was that the carcasses were being scavenged in a ‘food frenzy’…. Such scavenging on the seabed is both normal and widespread. Yet there are many fossils of exquisitely preserved aquatic creatures, raising the question: Why weren’t they scavenged? There’s clearly something awry about the frequently-made claim in evolutionary textbooks about fossil formation on the seabed.

….Where sharks go to die: Researchers find unique ‘underwater graveyard’ of giant fish, dailymail.co.uk 14 May 2014

So this happens time and again when I come across some terrible trump card a creationist holds up, convinced they’ve just collapsed the foundation of science. I do a Google search of about ten minutes, and come up with a plausible hypothesis which could explain the phenomenon without resorting to a stone age story shown in a hundred ways to be no more than a myth.

Try to come to me with stuff that doesn’t fall apart when you blow a puff of air at it.

Oh, and also, it’s difficult to take anyone seriously who offers the Daily Mail as a reference. The story is also reported by the BBC, which is generally considered a more reliable source. You are trying to convince others that a stone age creation myth is true. You don’t need any baggage by association to an unreliable rag.

Next: Slippery Slope Warning

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