Welcome to Scientific Mystery Monday co-hosted by Dr John Ashton, author of Evolution Impossible, and Marci Goodwin of The Homeschool Scientist. Dr Jerry Bergman, once again, shares some of the wonders of God's Creation.
The pelican’s famous foot-long scooper bill can hold a hundred or more fish (Scott, 1975). It uses a specially designed unique bone and muscle system to operate its beak. These versatile fishermen can scoop up fish in pouches, which can stretch many times the original size to hold a full day or more worth of fish. The pouch normally conveniently folds neatly under its bill.
Its powerful six to ten feet wide wings enable it to travel for hours through the air at 30 to 35 miles per hour. When flying it can swoop down sharply, smashing into the water rapidly enough for its beak to plunge in and scoop up fish, yet slow enough to control its flight so that its body clears the waters surface. To maintain better control, pelicans have air sacs that provide the buoyancy required for the birds’ necessary maneuverability.
Most of their fishing is done by an ingenious gathering technique: they swim in a line or semi-circle and dive into shallow water to beat the water with their wings. The pelican then leisurely stands on its legs to scoop up the fish. Pelicans have voracious appetites during their 30-year or longer lifetimes, consuming about 800 pounds of fish annually. Many birds devour tons of fish in their lifetime because flight requires enormous amounts of energy. No other bird, though, is like the pelican and no fossil or other links have been discovered to explain its evolution. The fossil record shows the first pelican is a modern pelican.
Dr. Jerry Bergman has taught biology, genetics, chemistry, biochemistry, anthropology, geology, and microbiology at the college level for over 30 years. He has 9 degrees, including 7 graduate degrees, and has authored over 800 publications. He is the author of The Dark Side of Charles Darwin and the co-author of In Six Days and Persuaded by the Evidence.
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