A Bruiser of a Fish

Posted by on Jul 18, 2012 in Johnsons from the Front | 2 comments

Recently, at a Bible camp where I was teaching, a man told me about a fossilized fish that had been discovered just north of Grand Junction, Colorado where I live. Being on the road so often, I had not heard of this discovery. So this morning, using the power of the internet, I went on a fishing trip looking for news of this fish. What I discovered was an article written on April 30, 2012 – “Evidence of pugnacious prehistoric fish unearthed.”

From the “bits and pieces” found so far, amazing stories have already emerged … “A nasty bruiser of a prehistoric fish, with sharp teeth jutting from his prominent jaw giving him a pugnacious glower, xiphactinus patrolled the shallow seas of what now is western Colorado some 85 million years ago. Under circumstances unknown, though, the body of an individual xiphactinus settled, dead, to the floor of the Western Interior Seaway, possibly as a result of a shark attack, sometime in the late Cretaceous Period.”

I understand that the supposed age, why they would assume this fish swam around 85 million years ago, is because of the evolutionary uniformitarian dating methods . But how on earth did they know it was killed by a shark? The answer according to a representative of Dinosaur Journey in Fruita, Colorado … “The search even yielded a clue as to the creature’s passing — a shark tooth evidently shed during feeding.” (underline mine).

“Evidently”?  According to Wikipedia, not only do sharks constantly shed their teeth, but their teeth are also a very common fossil in many geologic formations. So why was this bruiser of a fish determined to have to been killed by a shark? Because of a tooth?

While looking up a picture of xiphactinus to use with this blog  I came across the famous picture of the “fish within a fish” (pictured above) and the statement, “a 6 foot long fish in its gut. This was clearly its last meal, and most likely what killed it. …” (underline mine).

Because of the worldview of evolution, a biblical view of a catastrophic flood killing these critters is never mentioned. Yet, as so often has been shown, the world wide global Flood in the days of Noah, shows a better evidential method than the secular guesses.

I am anxiously waiting for the final “story” of this fish when it is displayed at Dinosaur Journey.


Lanny Johnson

If you would like to see if an AOI seminar is right for you, or you would like to help the work of Alpha Omega Institute, please visit our website events page or our donate page. Keep up to date with what AOI is doing. Thanks for your partnership.


  1. Exactly how would fish be killed by a “great flood”?

    • The Flood would be moving great amounts of debris that would engulf and bury millions of animals (including fish) and plants. They are many sites around the world that are designated as mass kill sites, even by most secular geologists, and they would say that the deaths were caused by at least a massive local flood. You can look at Dinosaur National Monument in Colorado, or the mass kill of nautiloids in the Redwall Limestone of the Grand Canyon for examples. The secular model, as well as the creationist model, for fossilization almost always includes deposition in water. We have water deposited sedimentary layers that are continent size in scope (containing mostly aquatic animals), and offer many problems for uniformitarian geologists. Thanks for the question.

Post a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

We Have a New Location! 2140 Broadway, Unit B-103. Our phone number has not changed: 970-523-9943 / 800-377-1923.