Wonderful Creatures

POND SKATERS THAT WALK ON WATER

It is impossible for human beings to walk on the surface of the water. Yet, some creatures can do so by means of the special body structures that Allah has given to them. For example, an insect species called the pond skater walks on water by pressing its thin, long legs into a kind of elastic skin on the surface of the water. As the legs of the insect push the water, a small hole is formed on the surface. This way the insect spreads its body weight over quite a wide area.

Observation and examination reveal that the legs of the pond skater do not break the surface of the water. In other words, its feet do not enter the water. Therefore, the pond skater is able to walk on the surface while other creatures cannot.

TENACIOUS SUCKERFISH

What is special about suckerfish is that they use vessels to get around the ocean. For this, they may use sharks or ships. The dorsal fin of the fish is like an oval sucking disc. It can move along with anything it attaches itself to, whether animate or inanimate. Whatever the creature to which it is attached does or no matter how fast it swims, the suckerfish does not become detached from it. In the picture above, suckerfish that are attached to the underside of a shark are seen. Allah knows where every creature is and what it does. In a verse, Allah states:

What is in the heavens and in the earth belongs to Allah. Allah encompasses all things. (Surat an-Nisa: 126)

WALKING FISH WITH RED LIPS

The batfish with red lips is the only fish in the world that walks on its four fins. Fins that are designed so as to enable walking, a weird looking nose and big red lips make the appearance of this fish quite unusual. What enables the batfish to walk on the sea floor like a human being is its pectoral and pelvic fins. Using these fins, the batfish can easily stand on the sea floor and walk on the tips of its fins.

Apart from this ability, the batfish with red lips has another interesting feature. It has small appendages below its nose, which it uses as a fishing line to deceive other fish. Batfish are carnivorous. Using their fishing lines, they prey upon other fish, crabs, larvae and cockles.

The complex design in these little fish that live at the bottom of the sea shows us one of the examples of Allah's artistry.

COLOURFUL HERONS

Herons can be seen at almost any place where water exists. The big blue heron seen in the picture is the tallest wild bird that lives in North America. Blue herons, whose colour attracts attention, live alone other than when they make their nests.

The nesting places where herons congregate are usually in remote hidden areas that are hard for humans to reach. Hank herons, another heron species, have various colours during spring. New colours appear around the colourful beaks of the adults only during the time of nesting.

Allah created birds in very different colours. We enjoy looking at the eye-catching colours in a bird's feathers. This wide variety of colours in birds is one of the evidences of Allah's marvellous creation. In the Qur'an, Allah relates that it is He Who creates the colours:

Do you not see that Allah sends down water from the sky and by it We bring forth fruits of varying colours? And in the mountains there are streaks of white and red, of varying shades, and rocks of deep jet black. And mankind and beasts and livestock are likewise of varying colours. Only those of His slaves with knowledge have fear of Allah. Allah is Almighty, Ever-Forgiving. (Surah Fatir: 27-28)

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