Review: Jonathan Park: Ep. 78 – Recesses of the Deep, Part 2

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Plot Summary:

The Manta heads back to sea, this time to explore an old shipwreck site. Join the Creation Response Team as they investigate the hidden mysteries of the deep and test new undersea technology. But the real secret seems to lie deep in the heart of Alexander DeMarcus. (Taken from here.)

There is NO Study Guide for Volume 7.  You’re on your own.

Background Information

The Jonathan Park CDs are produced by Vision Forum Ministries.  Through these CDs, VF hope to ‘provide children and adults with scientific evidence that is in harmony with the Word of God’.  [Which raises the questions, ‘What does “in harmony” mean?’ and ‘What do they do with scientific evidence that is not in harmony with the Word of God?’]

Tagline: This is our Father’s world, God created it; we can explore it, so live the adventure!

NOTE: The producers of this series neglect to reference their information in any form.  No references is ever given either on the CD or in the Study Guide for ANY information presented in the series.  Even the voice actors of the series are not given any credit anywhere.  We only know that the series is a production of Vision Forum Ministries.



Leafy Sea Dragon

Leafy Sea Dragon

The Story: Thad Sherman, a member of the Junior Creation Response Team, takes a phone call from Morning Star Christian TV Network who would like to do a story on the Creation Response Team. Tana Johnson asks Thad, ‘Are there any creatures you think would have a Creation message?’

Thad tells Tana about the Leafy Sea Dragon; it is similar to a seahorse but it is a master of disguise. It looks like  piece of floating seaweed. God made it that way with leafy skin and a body shape that mimics the plant. It has pectoral fins that come off its neck.  They are transparent and hard to see so it doesn’t lose its seaweed-like appearance. Furthermore, the fins propel in such a way that it looks like a plant floating along through the water.

‘So, what do evolutionists say about this?’ Tana wants to know.

Thad recites the YEC party line: ‘When it comes to camouflage, evolutionists would have to say that random mutations and mistakes would be able to create such a perfect impersonator in the first place. Then they would say that natural selection would allow the mimicker to survive because it wouldn’t be seen well by the predators.’

‘And what about the Creationist viewpoint?’ asks Tana.

‘To me,’ continues Thad, ‘it’s much more credible to say that camouflage in all animals is a result of God’s handiwork.’

Tana concludes, ‘Evolutionists glory in a process, while Creationists give glory to God.’

Thad recites Psalm 104:24.


The Facts:  Wikipedia on the Leafy Sea Dragon.

Tana is using the term evolutionist in a way that is not used by mainstream scientists, but however, is consistent among YECs.

Thad does not elucidate on why the Leafy Sea Dragon and camouflage is a result of God’s handiwork.

If the world was ‘very good’ when God created it in the Beginning, and there was no death, why would any animal need camouflage to protect itself from predators?

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Diving Suits and Modesty

The Story: Captain DeMarcus shows the Creation Response Team his new diving suits which are a cross between traditional dry suits and Atmospheric Diving Suits; they incorporate a new technology that is somewhat similar to d3o. D3O is an amazing new material developed by a British laboratory. It remains soft and flexible until struck, then becomes hard. Capt. DeMarcus’ men have developed a similar material that is energised through electrical current. The entire suit is lined with the substance. Sensors monitor the outside pressure, and increase the hardness of the suit and the depth increases, creating a self-adjustable ADS with flexible joints.


The Facts: As far as I know, the suit that Capt. DeMarcus is talking about does not yet exist.

More about Atmospheric Diving Suits.

More about D3O.

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MS Palatia

MS Palatia

The Story:  The characters talk briefly about the MS Palatia, the shipwreck at the bottom of the ocean that they are going to explore.


The Facts: She was sunk on 21 October 1942 by a Royal New Zealand Air Force torpedo bomber, while carrying a load ofprisoners of war intended for slave labour in German-occupied Norway. In total, 986 people have later been reported killed in the incident; 915 prisoners, in addition to German soldiers and crew members.

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Banded Piglet Squid

The Story:

Banded Piglet Squid

The characters come across a Banded Piglet Squid. Squids have eight arms and two tentacles.  On the piglet squid, its tentacles are placed above its eyes. They propel themselves by using a funnel, a cavity inside their body. They take water in from the front and shoot it out the back like a water jet. Cephalopods are unique in their ability to release a cloud of ink that obscures their predators’ vision so they can escape. Some cephalopods can even squirt out ink in their own image, known as ink pseudomorph – a decoy to confuse their predators.


The Facts:

More about the banded piglet squid.

More about cephalopods.

More about pseudomoprh.

Since the world was pronounced ‘Very Good’ in the Beginning, why would animals need any kind of defence mechanism?

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Sea Angels

The Story: Dr Park, the paleontologist, tells the children about Sea Angels with them interjecting his discourse with comments such as: ‘That’s great Creation!’ and ‘A neat defence mechanism!’  Dr Park concludes his talk with, ‘It points to a plan thought out long ago by the Creator!’


The Facts:

More about sea angels.

Since the world was pronounced ‘Very Good’ in the Beginning, why would animals need any kind of defence mechanism?

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I wonder if Angela wears a Diving Skirt, since pants on women can weaken a man’s resolve to have a pure thought life.

We have several reasons why I wear dresses only. The main reason is not to defraud men with the way I dress. If a lady wears pants, a man’s eyes are drawn to a part of her body they should not be drawn to. This can cause a man to have impure thoughts. The same thing with tight, revealing tops or low-necked blouses. We have heard some say, “But he is responsible for his thoughts!” Yes, that is true, but it is also our responsibility as a godly woman to dress in a way that would not provoke those thoughts. Would you be willing to deny yourself the “pleasure” of dressing the way you want to help a brother in Christ? “Wherefore, if meat make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while the world standeth, lest I make my brother to offend” (1 Corinthians 8:13). We could paraphrase it and say, “If a certain type of clothing make my brother to offend, I will not dress that way…”

Another reason we wear dresses is to appear distinctly feminine. Compare a girl wearing pants to a girl wearing a dress! Who looks more feminine? Clearly it’s the girl in a dress! We know some like to think that they have cute feminine pants, but pants are still men’s clothing in our day. (Taken from here. Emphasis added.)

Vision Forum (If you read nothing else, please read this link) strongly advocates patriocentricity and absolute gender roles.  Throughout the whole JP series, I have been visualising the ‘godly’ female characters traipsing around the world in their long, long skirts lest they defraud their men. In fact, I’m puzzled as to why the women are even allowed to follow the men on these adventures in the first place!

Angela Park in a Diving Suit that could draw a man’s attention to that part of her body?  Does. Not. Compute.

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About yewnique

I am a Malaysian-born woman who is married to an Australian and now live in Melbourne, Australia. I am a mother to four children. I home school. I like reading, writing, and cooking -- not necessarily in that order. I care about grammar and spelling, but am nonchalant about the Oxford Comma. I try to follow Christ's teachings.

Posted on Tuesday, March 5th, 2013, in Jonathan Park, Jonathan Park Reviews, Science, Vision Forum, Young Earth Creationism. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

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