Bats – God’s Squeaking Night Flyers

batsDracula, Nesferatu, vampires, all portrayals of bats that have given them a bad name. In reality, although bats are not cute, cuddly creatures, they are extremely beneficial animals and a remarkable example of God’s biological engineering.

Blind as a bat is a common, but not really accurate, statement about a bat’s vision. Most bats have good vision, but rely on a radar like sense called echolocation. Echolocation occurs when bats let out high-pitched squeaks. The sound then bounces off an object and echoes back to the bat giving it information about the size, shape, identity and direction of flight of the object. Using echolocation, a bat can locate objects as thin as a human hair. Echolocation is a remarkable example of biological engineering. Bats are capable of using it to navigate in total darkness. Echolocation is one of the many aspects of bats that stymies any evolutionary story of its development. Any evolutionary story would have to be able to explain how both the sound producing organ and the sound-receiving organ could have evolved at exactly the same time. Also these organs would also have had to have been fully functional from the beginning, for of what value is an organ that almost sends a signal or an organ that almost receives it. Echolocation is a feature shared by dolphins, seals and several species of birds. It is a trait that evolutionists would like people to believe somehow evolved completely independently in very dissimilar animals.

There are almost 1000 species of bats around the world. While bats eat a variety of foods, 70% of them eat insects. Because of the energy required for flight, bats have to eat a lot of food and some will eat more than their weight in food each day. 20% of bats are fruit eaters and only one species, it lives in Latin America, is a vampire that drinks the blood of large animals.

Flight is another aspect of bats that evolutionists can’t invent any plausible stories for. Four types of animals were created that were capable of flight; bats, birds, insects and pterosaurs (flying reptiles). Evolutionists would have people believe that flight evolved independently four separate times, when they can’t even begin to explain how even one of these animals could have developed the multiple features necessary for flight.

Bats come in a variety of sizes from smaller than a penny to six feet across and are chummy to the extreme. Many bat colonies are in the millions and a 4-inch by 6-inch by 2-inch bat house can hold 100 bats. Bats are also a vital part of many ecosystems. Insect eating bats consume millions of insects every night. Many people put out bat houses to encourage these natural insect controllers to live near them. Fruit eating bats both pollinate plants and spread seeds in tropical rain forests.

Many bats have become extinct and others endangered because of indiscriminate killing. Like so many things in God’s Creation, people often destroy what they don’t understand, but bats were designed by God to be a part of His Creation. Bats are just one, of the many examples, of God’s biological engineering that cannot be explained by evolutionary fairy tales.

The earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.

Psalm 24:1