Fish and Spontaneous Generation

A land-owner digs a pond on his land.  He does not stock the pond with fish.  Yet, somehow, fish appear.  Is this spontaneous generation?

The answer is no.  Fish eggs are carried on the bodies of aquatic birds and other animals that move between bodies of water.  Yahoo Answers says, “Think about the feathers on a duck (or any of dozens of different species of aquatic birds like geese, osprey, kingfishers, herons, loons, etc.).  These birds spend most of their days swimming and diving in the murky shallows of lakes and ponds filled with fish eggs and frog eggs.  Their feathers will be laced with eggs.  If these birds then fly off and later take a dip in your pond (birds do like to preen themselves in clean water… which is why we build bird baths), you now have a pond seeded with frog or fish eggs.  It can take a couple of years of many birds doing this before the fish take hold.  But if there is enough food from the algae in the water, the fish with start to thrive.”  If the new water-hole were indoors, covered, or in some way kept completely separated from animal life, fish would not appear.

Here is a point to ponder – think of God’s amazing creation.  He created things in such a way that new bodies of water could soon be naturally stocked with fish and frogs.  “O LORD, our Lord, How excellent is Your name in all the earth!” (Psalm 8:1, 9).  “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, but the glory of kings to search out a matter” (Proverbs 25:2).  The more we study His creation, the more in awe we should be.  “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork” (Psalm 19:1).

About Bryan Hodge

I am a minister and missionary to numerous countries around the world.
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2 Responses to Fish and Spontaneous Generation

  1. Jurg Burg says:

    Here’s a conunudrum: my children had a Betta bubble, a gift from Grandma that I did not approve, with one Betta fish in it. After a few weeks of maintaining the bubble, the children’s interest waned and it looked like the fish was suffering. We were going away on an extended vacation, so decided to put the one Betta fish into our outdoor fish pond that also has 5 goldfish. 10 weeks later, there are now 4 Betta fish in our outdoor pond. While I susbsribe to the possibility of what you describe in your blog post, where we live there are likely no other Betta fish in outdoor ponds for waterfowl to potentially encounter and redistribute eggs into our pond. Is this a case of spontaneous reproduction? I don’t know….

    • Bryan Hodge says:

      Hello, I am sorry that it has taken so long to reply. I have been on two mission trips recently.

      This is obviously not spontaneous generation. The other bettas appeared only after you moved the first betta into the fish pond. Some fish can reproduce on their own without another fish. Some reptiles and birds can also do this. It is called parthenogenesis, or asexual reproduction. Even some animals which ordinarily reproduce sexual have been recently discovered to reproduce asexual (e.g. smalltooth sawfish). This is thought to occur when mates are in short supply. Can bettas do this? I do not know. Moreover, some fish are reproduce through what is known as hermaphroditism. They have both male and female parts and can switch genders as needed. I do not know how you ended up with the other bettas. However, this definitely was not spontaneous generation.

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