THE AMAZING SPLASH FISH (Friday Church News Notes, October 19, 2007, http://www.wayoflife.org
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I would like someone to explain how this amazing process could have evolved. First of all you would have to evolve a male and female tetra fish with the amazing capabilities of breathing underwater and reproducing offspring and such, all of the incredible complexity of the fish at the genetic level. Then you would have to evolve the splashing business. Assuming one fish learned to jump out of the water and stick to a leaf, how did two of them learn this at exactly the same time? It would have been necessary that they perfect the trick the very first time or it would have been meaningless. If only the male jumped or if only the female jumped or if they both jumped but did not lay eggs and fertilize them or if they jumped and laid and fertilized eggs but the male didn’t keep them wet -- nothing would have happened. And how did that incredibly clever and gymnastic pair then pass this amazing process along to their offspring who were not around to observe it?