Not only is the bluefin’s dense, distinctly beefy musculature supremely appropriate for traversing the ocean’s breadth, but the animal also has attributes that make its evolutionary appearance seem almost deus ex machina, or rather machina ex deo — a machine from God. How else could a fish develop a sextantlike “pineal window” in the top of its head that scientists say enables it to navigate over thousands of miles? How else could a fish develop a propulsion system whereby a whip-thin crescent tail vibrates at fantastic speeds, shooting the bluefin forward at speeds that can reach 40 miles an hour? And how else would a fish appear within a mostly coldblooded phylum that can use its metabolic heat to raise its body temperature far above that of the surrounding water, allowing it to traverse the frigid seas of the subarctic?How else indeed!
This is an amazing piece of writing for a reputable newspaper, with an often credible team of science journalists. Who let this go by?
We don't know everything about how today's life-forms got here, but no evidence suggests that any of the gaps or even possible missing pieces of our theory and understanding could lead to Intelligent Design. It is one thing for an author to use mythological phrases rhetorically, but in today's contentious society where religious inanity already has credence as part of culture-battles for power, it is inexcusable and irresponsible to let such rhetoric pass the editorial blue-pencil.