If you had the eyes of a frog and were outdoors at twilight, you might notice a faint glow here and there. And that green or orange glow would be . . . frogs! Yes, scientists have discovered that at least 151 different frog species in South America “fluoresce under the blue hues of twilight.”
The more researchers check for biofluorescence in various organisms, the more they find it (including in my favorite Aussie animal, the platypus!). Now why might these frogs glow? Well, the researchers shared:
Much of the fluorescence seemed centered on the throat and underside of the frogs, which are commonly used in courtship rituals. “While they’re calling, that vocal sac region is expanding and contracting,” Whitcher says. Fluorescence may make for a more noticeable display.
The more we study what he has made—from frogs to platypuses—the more we should be in awe of the Creator because his creation is just so incredible!
Notably, these frogs glow brightest at twilight when many frog species are actively looking for a mate, so this conclusion seems reasonable. It appears biofluorescence is another form of communication God has given to certain parts of his creation.
This study reminded me of how intricate and complex God’s creation is. The more we study what he has made—from frogs to platypuses—the more we should be in awe of the Creator because his creation is just so incredible! And if his creation is that amazing, can we even grasp how awesome the One who spoke it all into existence is? It reminds me of what God said to Job:
Do you know when the mountain goats give birth?
Do you observe the calving of the does?
Can you number the months that they fulfill,
and do you know the time when they give birth,
when they crouch, bring forth their offspring,
and are delivered of their young?
Their young ones become strong; they grow up in the open;
they go out and do not return to them.
Who has let the wild donkey go free? . . .
Is the wild ox willing to serve you?
Will he spend the night at your manger? . . .
Do you give the horse his might?
Do you clothe his neck with a mane?
Do you make him leap like the locust?
His majestic snorting is terrifying . . .
Is it by your understanding that the hawk soars
and spreads his wings toward the south?
Is it at your command that the eagle mounts up
and makes his nest on high?
On the rock he dwells and makes his home,
on the rocky crag and stronghold. (Job 39:1–5, 9, 19–20, 26–28)
In other words, next to God we know nothing! He is infinite in knowledge and creativity—we are finite, fallible, limited, and despite all our study, know so little compared to what God knows! This should cause us to cry out like Job,
I know that you can do all things,
and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted. (Job 42:2)
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