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 we do.
But what if we didn’t have to hold our breath? What if the gill slits we have during our time in our mothers’ wombs could turn into real gills when we’re born? How cool that would be! We could go for a swim and dive down to the bottom of the lake or river or ocean and just look around as long as we like. Wow! Talk about fun!
Oh wait a minute…we don’t have gill slits when we’re forming in the womb. I almost forgot. When we’re just tiny, little embryos, we have tissues that 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 our face, bones in our ears, and glands.
Some silly guy named Ernst drew some goofy drawings and told some fibs about how we humans go through phases in our mothers’ wombs 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 we can’t breathe underwater, we can take an imaginary trip through the deep, blue sea. And we don’t have to hold our breath. And we don’t have to say we’re a fish.
We can just be ourselves and enjoy the journey…
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.