Wonderful Creatures

THE WATER BIRD THAT CUTS THROUGH THE WATER LIKE SCISSORS

Those who listen well to what is said and follow the best of it, they are the ones whom Allah has guided, they are the people of intelligence. (Surat az-Zumar: 18)

Most birds cannot fly if their wings come into contact with water because water causes their feathers to stick to each other, which disables the bird moving its wings. However, although aquatic birds dive into water all day, nothing happens to them. You must be wondering how and why, are you not?

There is a special oil on the wings of water birds that prevents feathers from sticking to each other when wet. This is how these birds can dive into water without trouble. However, the skimmer, a water bird species, lacks this oil. Therefore, unlike other water birds, it cannot dive into water to hunt. How, then, will it find its nourishment when it cannot enter water?

Allah, the All-Merciful, All-Compassionate, has created the lower beak of the bird longer than its upper beak. The tip of the longer, lower beak is sensitive to touch. In addition, the wings of this aquatic bird have been designed so perfectly that it can glide just above the sea for a long time without flapping its wings at all. While flying, it breaks the surface of the water using its lower beak like scissors. As soon as the sensitive tip of the beak touches its prey, the bird immediately notices and catches it. This bird is one of the evidences that Allah is the Originator of all creatures.

… He knows everything in the land and sea.
No leaf falls without His knowing it.
There is no seed in the darkness of the earth,
and nothing moist or dry which is not in
a Clear Book.
(Surat al-An'am: 59)

CUTTLEFISH LIKE JET ENGINES

Although named a "fish", unlike other fish, the cuttlefish do not have bones in their bodies. You may have wondered how these boneless fish move along in water. Indeed, cuttlefish use quite an unusual means of locomotion. The body of a cuttlefish, which is composed of soft tissues, is covered with a thick layer of skin. By means of muscles below this layer, a cuttlefish collects water within its body and moves by squirting this water out.

The system of the cuttlefish based on squirting water is quite complicated. There is a pocket-like opening on each side of the creature's head. The water is drawn through these openings into a cylinder-like cavity. Then the cuttlefish jets out this water from a narrow pipe immediately under its head with great pressure. This enables the animal to move swiftly in the opposite direction and flee from predators because it can accelerate suddenly. You may be wondering what would happen if the speed was not high enough. In this case the cuttlefish sprays a dark coloured liquid produced in the animal's body towards its enemy. This spray of ink confuses the predator for a few seconds, which is enough for the cuttlefish to flee. It flees from the place and disappears in the spray of ink.

As all other living creatures, this feature of the cuttlefish is the creation of Allah, the Creator of everything. Allah informs us that there is no other god besides Him :

Exalted be Allah, the King, the Real. There is no god but Him, Lord of the Noble Throne. (Surat az-Zumar: 10)

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