A Whale in Adel, Oregon

How did a whale end up over 200 miles inland?

By Don Ruhl

The Herald and News, September 29, 1999, page 7 (Klamath Falls, Oregon), carried an article, “A whale of a tale in Adel” by Jean Bilodeaux. You can read the article below.

Where Is Adel, Oregon? 

As the water would flow, it is over 200 miles inland, east of Lakeview, Oregon. Adel is over 4500 in elevation. The bone was found in the hills higher in elevation.


How Did the Bone Get There? 

There had to have been a passage from there to the sea. It could have been a freshwater whale (If such ever existed), living in a large inland lake. In the past, after the creation of living things, there was only one time water covered the earth. Second Peter 3:5, 6 tells of both times the earth was covered with water, the time before creatures were on the earth and the time after creatures were on the earth, “For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water, by which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water” (2Pe. 3:5, 6).

As God caused the Flood, the whale may have been instantly buried in the earth’s violent activity, “In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep were broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened” (Ge. 7:11).

What God did to prevent another Flood may have buried the whale in the violence of the earth’s movements again. Imagine happening what the psalmist wrote,

You who laid the foundations of the earth,
So that it should not be moved forever,
You covered it with the deep as with a garment;
The waters stood above the mountains.
At Your rebuke they fled;
At the voice of Your thunder they hastened away.
They went up over the mountains;
They went down into the valleys,
To the place which You founded for them.
You have set a boundary that they may not pass over,
That they may not return to cover the earth.
(Ps. 104:5–9)

The marginal reference on the first two lines of verse 8 for the New King James Version reads, “The mountains rose up; the valleys sank down.” The New American Standard Version reads, “The mountains rose; the valleys sank down.” The old American Standard Version of 1901 reads, “The mountains rose, the valleys sank down.” Such upheavals could easily have trapped the whale.

Not Petrified 

Interestingly, the bone had not petrified. What does that tell us? It was a relatively recent event. Perhaps more recent than the Flood itself. We know that after the Flood there was a huge inland lake, with the Great Salt Lake as the leftover.

Whatever the explanation, it fits in with the story of the biblical account of the massive, worldwide flood of Noah’s day. This is just another piece of evidence, showing that at one time water covered the entire earth, just as the Bible reports.


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