Desalination Station Birds

Jan 10, 2022 | Blog | 0 comments

Have you considered how marine birds get their drinking water?

Many birds’ only nearby source of water is the salty ocean. I’m sure that you’ve heard if you drink ocean water, you will die. So why don’t these marine birds die? These birds are equipped with their own desalination stations in their noses. The salt gland filters out the extra salt from their blood. The concentrated salt water is then eliminated by a duct that runs to the nose. Often you will see a marine bird with a runny nose, this is just concentrated salt water running down the bird’s bill. You may also see a bird sneeze; this is another way to eliminate the salt water.
 
Interestingly, birds such as the loon that live part of their life on fresh water and then migrate to the oceans for winter also have salt glands. When the loon returns to fresh water in the spring, the salt gland shrinks. But the moment that it drinks salt water in the fall, the salt gland swells up, and it starts processing again!
 
Around the world there are thousands of desalination plants for people. These plants take salty sea water and process it to become fresh drinkable water. They require carefully planned technology and cost millions of dollars to build. Did these plants build themselves over time or develop by accident? The Designer of all things looks with loving care at how He has provided for His creatures.
 
(Source: Inspired Evidence – Von Vett & Malone)

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