Here's a thought for anyone who believes the tale of Noah's flood to be the ungarnished truth.
It's a well known 'fact' that Noah saved all the land creatures. Okay, let's take that as given. What about the water-dwelling creatures though? That may sound daft, but how many saltwater creatures can survive in fresh or almost-fresh water? Or how many freshwater creatures can survive the opposite? Survival, for them, depended on the salinity of all that extra water. But though that's a problem for anyone positing a word-wide flood, it's not what I have in mind. (Maybe ol' Noah also had room for a freakin' massive set of aquariums? (aquaria?) Transparent aluminium, anyone…?)
Albatrosses, according to the Encyclopædia Britannica…
come ashore only to breed. This activity occurs in colonies that are usually established on remote oceanic islands, where groups and pairs exhibit mating behaviour that includes wing-stretching and bill-fencing displays accompanied by loud groaning sounds. The single large white egg, laid on the bare ground or in a heaped-up nest, is incubated by the parents in turn. The growth of the young albatross is very slow, especially in the larger species; it attains flight plumage in 3 to 10 months, then spends the next 5 to 10 years at sea, passing through several preadult plumages before coming to land to mate. Albatrosses live long and may be among the few birds to die of old age.
That's right. Your albatross spends five to ten years at sea, never once touching land.
So where are the huge flocks of gooney birds? Every single other creature, according to flood-believers, started just a few thousand years ago, with a breeding population of one pair. For albatrosses, on the other hand, a year or two with no land to alight on would be no inconvenience whatsoever. They would have started, from the same post-flood point, with a breeding population hardly any smaller than that before the flood. They would have had a massive advantage in terms of numbers and an almost complete lack of predators, for many years thereafter. They should be the most numerous large animal on the planet.
So where are they?
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