Review: Jonathan Park: Ep. 75 – Journey to a Thousand Fathoms, Part 1

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Plot Summary

The Creation Response Team joins their eccentric host, Alexander DeMarcus, aboard the electromagnetic submarine The Manta as they embark to study the mysteries of the deep. But will they be able to survive the attack of a giant squid? And why would Alexander allow The Manta drift into the dangerous waters and extreme temperatures of a volcanic vent?(Taken from here.)

Topics

  • Swimming Sea Cucumber
  • Stoplight Loosejaw
  • Dumbo Octopus
  • Starlight Problem

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.

Review

Alexander DeMarcus, an eccentric multi-millionaire, kidnaps the Creation Response Team in order to recruit them to join him on an underwater project. He wants them to help him compile a database of marine life for the Ex Nihilo Foundation from a decidedly Creationist perspective, by cataloguing and exposing his discoveries. He invites them to join him on his submarine, The Manta and collect exotic marine creatures all for God’s glory. Before Dr Park will sign on the dotted line, he wants to be sure that Mr DeMarcus is a young-Earth Creationist who believes in the authority of the Bible (just as the CRT does).

Five years earlier, Mr DeMarcus pulled his support from the Religious Center for Science and History (I am unable to find any such organisation, and believe it to be fictitious) when the RCSH decided to drop any references to Jesus, the Bible, and young-Earth Creation from its official mission statement. He is quoted as saying that he finds it regrettable that such an organisation has bowed to pressure from those who deny the self-evident truth of God’s Word. He became unpopular among mainstream scientists after that. (9:21-9:52)

Meanwhile, Myles Morgan is at it again.  He tries to sabotage DeMarcus’ project by getting Kirk (Myles’ son) to tamper with The Manta’s  wiring.

Topics

Swimming Sea Cucumber

Transparent sea cucumber. That tan ‘snaky’ bit in the middle is the creature’s intestines.

The Story: The CRT observe a type of swimming sea cucumber and proceed to describe it with oohs and aahs and high-pitched squeals. (To save space, I’ve inserted a picture. As they say, a picture paints a thousand words.)

Dr Park explains that the Woods Hole Institute (sic) discovered this creature in 2007. When threatened, the swimming sea cucumber lights up using bioluminescence, which is the creature’s ability to create light using a chemical reaction.  If the threat persists, the sea cucumber releases an outer tissue which clings to the predator and causes it to glow. The predator now becomes a potential prey as it becomes more visible to bigger animals.

‘What an interesting design by our Creator!’ marvels Martha. (2:28-4:20)

The Facts: More about the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution here.

More about bioluminescence here.

Here is a video showing the swimming sea cucumber’s bioluminesence.

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Stoplight Loosejaw

Stoplight Loosejaw – You’re gonna hear me Roar! Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh!
(The green emitter is BELOW the red, NOT behind.)

The Story: The CRT receive another visit from Christian and his father (they visited the Creation Museum in Ep. 73). [The receptionist says, ‘Christian and his son.’ Maybe they are both called Christian – Christian Sr and Christian Jr?] This time, Christian has brought another picture of a marine animal, the stoplight loosejaw.

Dr Park (the paleontologist) and Mrs Park (the former marine archaeologist) explain all the different features to the group. The jaw is roughly 25% of its entire length.  Mrs Park says that it is also bioluminescent; its side and underbelly have lots of blue photospheres and near its eye are more emitters. Below the eye, it has a red photophore and behind (sic) the red light is a green emitter.

(10:00-10:50)

The Facts: You can find out more about the stoplight loosejaws by doing a search on the internet.

Stoplight loosejaws are rather small – only about 24cm long and are found in depths between 1,000-4,000 metres deep in tropical and temperate waters worldwide. No natural red light reaches these depths, so most deep-sea creatures cannot see it. The red bioluminescence reflects well off its prey without the prey’s knowledge.

I am unable to find any information that confirms that stoplight loosejaws have blue photospheres on its side and underbelly, or anything that emits light. Did she mean photophore rather than photosphere? (Can’t find any information on that either.)

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Dumbo Octopus

The Story: This creature gets its name because of its large flaps which look like the big ears of Disney’s Dumbo.

Mr DeMarcus uses a slurp gun to capture the creature.

The Dumbo octopus moves by moving its arms, ears, and siphon – a tube which protrudes out of the octopus’ head. The siphon also acts like a pump which washes water over its gills to provide it with oxygen. An octopus also releases ink through its siphon.

Octopi can change their mood with their colour.

(17:40-19:20)

The Facts:

http://prezi.com/3elspoe86vku/dumbo-octopus/

(Tried embedding, but it wouldn’t work!)  DO have a look!

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Starlight Problem

The Story: Jonathan asks Dr Park how it is possible to see stars that are millions of light years away and the earth be thousands of years old like the Bible indicates. Dr Park asks whether it is possible that when God created those stars on Day 4, that He also made it so that the light already reached the earth. Jonathan says that while we see light from those stars, we also see them burn out and go supernova. If the stars are only six thousand years old, it means those stars never existed in the first place. ‘It’s like there is a false history in the starlight,’ he concludes.

Dr Park then asks Jonathan whether Eve had hair. (Yes, she did.) So, looking at Eve, we might assume a history that never existed, just like the light from distant stars. He then quotes Hebrews 11:3. God created simply by speaking things into existence – ex nihilo – out of nothing. To create something that didn’t exist before, by definition, is appearance of age.  We really shouldn’t call it a ‘false history’.

Jonathan is still unsure, so Dr Park talks about Dr Humphreys, a PhD physicist who has attempted to tackle this problem. He has worked out a new cosmological theory based on Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity. It has been proven that time moves slower in high gravity than in low gravity. Dr Humphreys has theorised that this may explain how millions of years may pass further out in the universe for each day here on earth. Using this theory, he can mathematically explain how starlight could arrive here on the same day they were created on Day 4. However, we don’t know for sure whether Dr Humphreys’ theory is right.

Dr Park concludes, ‘That is why we must put our faith in the infallible Word of God and not in our fallible interpretations of science!’

(20:45-23:33)

The Facts: The Word of God has to be interpreted, too!

Dr Humphreys is a YEC who works for the Institute for Creation Research (the original creator of the Jonathan Park series before Vision Forum Ministries took over); you can read more about him and his theories here.

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Conclusion

The program included several segments of detailed descriptions of how the submarine Manta operates, but for sake of brevity (hah!) I’ve omitted them.  Suffice to say it operates on electromagnetic propulsion.  According to wikipedia, although some prototypes exist, magnetohydrodynamics remain impractical, so we can assume that The Manta is largely a product of the writers imagination.  (It’s a lovely idea, though!) Alexander DeMarcus’ submarine is an underwater palace.

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