Researchers studying what happens when bodies decompose under water found that a pig carcass is reduced to a skeleton in just a few days.
The team chose deep, well-oxygenated water and placed two pig carcasses on a platform 300m (1000 ft) down in the Strait of Georgia, Canada.
One was covered in a barred cage and the other left exposed. A video camera followed the progress and various instruments recorded other variables such as temperature and salinity.
The team observed:
- The carcasses being swarmed by small shrimp-like creatures called lyssianassid amphipods.
- Sharks feeding on the exposed carcass, but quickly losing interest after just a few bites.
- Spot shrimp eating all of the cartilage by the 10th day.
Science textbooks once taught, and showed diagrams too, of creatures dying, sinking to the ocean floor or river bottom, slowly decaying as vast periods of time go by, and the skeleton being gradually fossilized. That powerful imagery of a ‘slow and gradual process’ still remains with many people.
So this demonstration of rapid scavenging underscores the folly of that long-age thinking, which contradicts the Bible’s timeline. These decomposition studies reinforce the fact that the Bible’s history of the world is true and trustworthy. And from the account of the global Flood, we can understand how the many wonderfully preserved fossils were formed, such as a mother ichthyosaur in the moment of giving birth to her infant.1
“He blotted out every living thing that was on the face of the ground, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens. They were blotted out from the earth. Only Noah was left, and those who were with him in the ark. And the waters prevailed on the earth 150 days.”Genesis 7:23-24
References and Notes
- Batten, Don, editor. “Underwater carcasses stripped in days.” Creation, 2017, pp (9-9