(Darwin Inlet, British Columbia) Researchers studying sperm whale behavior have noted
increasing attempts by the whales to mimic bird-like flight behavior while breaching.
If verified, this behavior would represent the first observations of any species of animal attempting to
skip one or more steps in the standard evolutionary progression from swimming creatures, to amphibians,
to reptiles, to birds.
"What we are seeing is breaching whales flapping their fins wildly, in an obvious attempt to
achieve flight", said Prof. Charles Beagle, research team leader with the Fish and Wildlife Service.
In one amazing photo (above), a
whale was seen contorting its body, clearly forming the shape of a giant hummingbird. "Its fins
were flapping so fast, they were a blur", exclaimed Prof. Beagle.
Rapid evolutionary changes have been hypothesized for years, the researchers explained, noting
the near total absense of transitional forms of life in the fossil record. "This could be mankind's only
chance to actually observe a rapid evolutionary transition of one species into another species", explained
An alternative explanation for the odd behavior was offered by Dr. John Morrison of the National Creation
Research Foundation. "Even if these whales are indeed attempting to mimic bird-like behavior, how
does that in any way change their DNA so that their offspring will carry that behavior to the next
level? Massive genetic defects would have to occur, all combining in positive ways to make the animal
more bird-like", explained Dr. Morrison.
Prof. Beagle responded to the criticism by noting, "Well, we have birds, don't we?
They had to come from someplace, didn't they? And life started in the oceans, didn't it? Case closed".
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