Thomas Malthus's work gave Charles Darwin the idea that life is a constant struggle against each other.
Here are some examples that prove this theory is false...
The Clownfish and the Sea Anemone
The Sea Anemone normally spells death to fish. Their tentacles are full of stingers and each one delivers a paralyzing poison to any fish that it touches. As soon as the fish is paralyzed the anemone feast on it.
The Clownfish is a tasty meal for other predator fish. He is coated in a layer of mucus that covers his whole body.
So what is so cool about both these creatures? They live together!!
The Sea Anemone is home to the Clownfish! How is this possible? Well scientists are not positive but they believe it has something to do with the mucus that covers the Clownfish. It is similiar to the anemone's mucus as well! By living inside the anemone the motion made from the Clowfish swimming in and out attracks it's predators that are delicious meals for the anemone. Thus when a predator fish arrives it darts inside and the anemone has a tasty meal! The movement of the clownfish also frightens butterfly fish away which eat Sea Anemones!
The Blind Shrimp and Goby
These two organisms live together in a hole on the ocean floor. The hole has been dug by the Blind Shrimp. The ocean currents are constantly filling the hole with debris which the Blind Shrimp must clear out. Thus when it goes out to clear the whole it is in constant danger of being devoured by some predator creature. As it's name implies it can't see very well so it has no way of knowing when danger lurks. This is where his friend the Goby comes in. Opposite of the Blind Fish the Goby has good vision. When the Blind Shrimp needs to clear the hole he goes out with him. The Goby keeps watch as the shrimp clears the path. The Blind Shrimp attaches one of it's tentacles to the Goby which flicks it tail when danger arrives. They both dart into the hole to safety. The Blind Shrimp's supplies the Goby with a safe place to live.
The Oriental Sweetlips and the Blue-Streak Wrasses
Like most fish the Oriental Sweetlips has teeth. What happens is you don't keep your teeth clean? They rot and fall out. So how does this fish keep it's teeth clean? That's where the Blue-Streak Wrasses come in. The Oriental Sweetlips swims to what is called a cleaning station when it needs it's teeth clean. It opens it's mouth and in swim the Blue-Streak Wrasses. They plaque supplies the Blue-Steak Wrasses with a tasty meal and in return helps the Oriental Sweetlip's teeth from falling out.
THESE THREE EXAMPLES ARE PROOF THAT LIFE IS NOT A CONSTANT STRUGGLE! THESE CREATURES ARE HELPING EACH OTHER SURVIVE NOT STRUGGLING AGAINST EACH OTHER! THIS ALSO SHOWS THAT THERE MUST BE A CREATOR FOR SO COMPLEX SITUATIONS COULD NOT HAVE FORMED BY CHANCE!!
Monday, July 27, 2009
Saturday my family and I spent the morning at the annual Heritage Days held at the town square. There were many different exhibits such as vintage John Deere tractors, old cars and truck competition, Military convoy,concert,old cavalry soldiers, and FOOD!!!! I feasted on funnel cake and kettle corn! It's so cool standing around on the court house lawn and walking around the square. Now most people go the the mall and other outlets and no one really walks around and shops on the square.Although there aren't many stores but....It was nice imagining what it was like in the old days! I'll post some more pictures I took of Heritage Days in just a moment!