Your Bible question was:
> Was marine life destroyed in the great flood?

Genesis 6:7 states God's judgment:  So the Lord said, "I will destroy man
whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping
thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them." (NKJV)

Again, Genesis 6:17:  And behold, I Myself am bringing floodwaters on the
earth, to destroy from under heaven all flesh in which is the breath of
life; everything that is on the earth shall die. (NKJV)

I know of no Bible passage which includes marine life in this judgment.  The
animals brought inside the ark to escape the flood were those that lived "on
the face of all the earth" and not those that lived in the waters of the
earth (cf. Gen. 7:3).

It may well be that much marine life died due to the "fountains of the deep"
breaking up as one of the sources of the flood waters (cf. Gen. 7:11), but
they were not the object of God's judgment.  Also, when the waters receeded
from above the mountain tops there was likely marine life which lost its
life due to a variety of physical circumstances.

We may safely conclude that the flood served God's purposes of cleaning the
face of the earth of all life that a fresh start for man and beast could
occur (1 Pet. 3:20).

Thanks for your Bible question,

Joe R Price

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