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Jellyfish Rudders

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A recently discovered design feature for box jellyfish provides another example of supernatural creation. One of the five different cell types comprising this jellyfish colony (so-called because the jellyfish is an aggregate of cells that display loose organization) has both a photoreceptor and a protruding hair-like cilium. The photoreceptors spot hazards and favorable opportunities for the jellyfish while the cilia act as rudders to steer the jellyfish. The ruddering capacity requires that these cells be located at the rear of the jellyfish. Other cells in the jellyfish spin the colony rapidly so that the photoreceptors can detect what lies ahead. Such optimal design shows consistency with a caring Creator and an Artist who enjoys his work.

Karin Nordström, et al, “A Simple Visual System Without Neurons in Jellyfish Larvae,” Proceedings of the Royal Society of London: Biological Sciences, 170, September 18, 2003, doi: 10.1098/rspb.2003.2504; Tim Lincoln, “Light Touch on the Rudder,” Nature, 425 (2003), p. 360.

RTB article: Facts for Faith articles on biological evolution

Subjects: Life Design

Dr. Hugh Ross

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