My dad was a factory rep for GM, Chevrolet Division. We lived and breathed cars in our house and my love of cars has remained to this day. Used to be that cars were marketed as being comfortable and reliable, nowadays it’s all horsepower and performance. You can buy a car right off the showroom that is capable of nearly 200 mph top speed!
Speed and power are modern obsessions for men. In the natural world, living things have been carefully designed for more practical reasons. Speed is not the focus, but it does have its place. Appearantly, one reason for amazing speed is to baffle men. In man’s way of viewing speed, you would maybe pick a flying animal as your primary group to work with. The air offers the least amount of resistance to motion. The ground has too many obstacles and you need super fast muscle action and reflexes to track the ground passing beneath the animal.
God’s design for His fastest creatures trumps man hands down. Flat out the fastest creatures on earth are neither birds nor land creatures at all. They live in the sea. No, not on the sea like man’s favorite means of oceanic travel. IN THE SEA, as under water! Even the legendary cheetah cannot keep up with this fish. Cheetah’s have been clocked at the amazing speed of 65mph for short bursts and that is on land.
Some sharks have been clocked at nearly 60 mph in the water. There is another fish that can even outswim these sharks. This fish can streak through the water at least 10 miles per hour faster than the fastest birds in a level path. They are a highly sought after gamefish and they live in almost every ocean of the world. With their sleek streamlined body up to 10 feet in length and the long pointed “bill” for a mouth, the sailfish is the fastest creature known on earth, clocked at an awe inspiring 68.5 miles per hour.
Mankind, with all its technological “marvels” has been hard pressed to get anything to move that fast under water. The Russians managed to build one submarine capable of topping 70 mph, the K222. But, that one nuclear powered sub required a titanium hull and at that great speed some of the external parts of the sub were damaged so much that the monster had to be scrapped.
How does the sailfish manage such incredible speed under water? Noone knows except the Designer Himself! The techology employed in the design of the sailfish is way over our heads and emphasizes the point that the only way nature could have created such a wonder is in the imaginations of man, where all sorts of absurdities have come to life.