The original question was: How did Australian animals walk to Noah’s Ark in the Middle East when most of them can’t swim very far?
Answer by John Mackay
Genesis 1:9 tells us the water that had surrounded the whole globe on Days One and Two was gathered by God into ‘one place’ on the Third Day of creation, at the same time as He raised up the dry land, which He called ‘earth’. This means that if all the water was in one place, and only two things are mentioned as being on earth, i.e. water and dry land, then the land is in the other place, i.e. there was only one mass of land. Therefore, there was no separate Australia, Americas, Europe, etc., and there is no reference to this situation changing from creation to the time Noah built his ark before the flood, as described in Genesis 6 and 7. It also means Noah did not build his ark anywhere neat Mt Ararat in the Middle East, nor anywhere named by modern day geography, since these places are post flood locations. Since the entire pre-flood globe had only one mass of water and one large continent, the earth’s geography was very different before the flood.
Therefore, Kangaroos didn’t have to swim, and Koalas didn’t have to paddle to wherever Noah was. All the creatures had to do, no matter where they were, was to walk around the edge of the one big body of water, across the one big continent. They had plenty of time to do it – maybe as much as a hundred years. Compare Genesis 5:32, where we first encounter Noah at 500 years old, and Genesis 7:11, where the flood starts, and Noah is listed as being … (some things you should check yourself, eh? just to make sure it’s really in the Bible).
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