How do fish breathe underwater?
Well, they actually have a wonderfully designed system of gills that capture the oxygen from the water as it passes through. So fish don’t have to hold their breath like you and I do.
But what if you didn’t have to hold your breath?
Yeah. What if the gill slits you have during your time in your mothers’ womb could turn into real gills when you’re born? That would be so cool! Then, you could go for a swim and dive down to the bottom of the lake or river or ocean and stay down there as long as you like.
Oh wait a minute…
One tiny glitch in that scenario.
You don’t have gill slits as you form in your mother’s womb. I almost forgot. Oh sure, when you’re just a tiny embryo, you have tissues that might look a little bit like gills or gill slits. But those tissues don’t have anything to do with breathing. They actually turn into parts of your face. And bones in your ears. And glands.
Here’s how the confusion started…
Some silly guy named Ernst drew some goofy drawings and told some fibs about how humans go through phases, in mom’s womb, that resemble stages of evolution. What a knucklehead. Just when I thought we could figure out how to use our own gills to explore the ocean blue…out comes the truth.
Oh well. Even if you can’t breathe underwater, you can take an imaginary trip through the deep, blue sea. And you don’t have to hold our breath. And you don’t have to identify as a fish. Fish breathe their way. But your way is way better. Just be you and enjoy the journey.
Here’s a rhyme to get little minds of mush (your kids, grandkids, nieces, nephews, etc,) started off in the right direction when it comes to origins.
I want you to come with me
Down in the deep, blue sea
Where a sea horse grins and spins its fins
And says we can swim for free.
We won’t have to stop for air
The whole time we’re under there.
We can breathe like fish if we make a wish.
It’s a make-believe we’ll share.
So tell me, what do you say?
Would you like to go today?
We can tell our tales, how we swam with whales
And then we went our merry way.
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