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In the News: The Eurasian Diving Bell Spider

In a recent article at the Science News website (, writer Daniel Strain noted the following:

ImageIn Germany’s Eider River, spiders not only swim with the fishes, they kind of breathe like them, too.

Eurasian diving bell spiders (Argyroneta aquatica) survive entirely underwater by living in large air bubbles, which the crawlers trap in silken webs. A new study shows that these bubbles work like a “physical gill,” drawing oxygen in from the water to match much of the spider’s consumption. Researchers from Australia and Germany report their findings in the July Journal of Experimental Biology .

Everywhere around us is the evidence of design. This is one example among millions we could use to illustrate the same basic point. This universe, earth, and the life on it are all too complex to be the product of chance. As the Psalmist put it:

“The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, And night unto night reveals knowledge. There is no speech nor language Where their voice is not heard” (Psalm 19:1-3).

The interesting point here is that the intricacy of the spider’s diving bell has only now been discovered. Where once it was believed that the diving bell simply housed a supply of oxygen, researchers have noted that it actually leeches oxygen from the water surrounding—creating a renewable resource for the spider.

In fact, researchers envision using the spider’s model to develop a technology for human use. Note the following quote from the same article:

Some researchers have already proposed contouring small underwater crafts so that their fuel cells collect similar gills, providing the machines with a continuous supply of oxygen. (ibid.)

Of course, it will take a bit of time and research to design these fuel cells. These things do not just “come into existence” by chance. It is curious that evolutionists believe they do!

One scientist, Nuclear Chemist Dr. Jay L. Wile, recognizes that a Creator is behind the behavior of the Eurasian diving bell spider. Concerning this arachnid he wrote:

I am an avid scuba diver, and I would love to have a scuba tank that could replenish my oxygen supply while I am breathing underwater. That way, I could spend even more time exploring God’s incredible underwater creation. Unfortunately, human technology is a bit primitive compared to what this spider can do. (This Is One Smart Spider!,

“The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God’”

(Psalm 14:1).