Ignoring the mystery of how Noah got two penguins all the way from Antarctica to the Middle East, don't you find it odd that he could determine the male and female of EVERYTHING?
And when the flood dissipated Noah let down the ramp of the ark. Standing at the bottom he farewelled each pair of animals with the words "go forth and multiply". When he said this to two adder snakes they crossly retorted "we are adders not multipliers".
A year later Noah was on the grand tour admiring the gambolling baby giraffe, the romping raccoon, the wallowing water beast and turning over a stone he found the adders complete with a large litter. "So" said Noah " you worked it out", "yes" said mother adder "we used log tables".
The story of Noah and the ark is so outlandish that I'm embarrassed for anyone who believes it. Just a few of the problems:
The reason for biblical literalness isn't surprising, despite the hoops fundamentalist, young-earth creationist Christians have to jump through to justify something this ridiculous, even though it seems it would be so much easier to do what other Christians have done and just call it an allegory — but in a strange way it kind of makes sense: For the sacrifice of Jesus to make sense, there needs to be a stain of sin that his blood sacrifice removes from humanity, meaning the creation story needs to be true so there can be an actual fall from grace. Without biblical literalness, the creation myth is called into question, which casts doubt upon the legitimacy of the crucifixion sacrifice. To preserve one myth, they feel the need to preserve the full body of myth, no matter how ridiculous or implausible.
No, this question doesn't interest me. It only makes sense if the Ark was a Tartis, or that the genetics of the animals was saved. In some of the stories, it is the essence of the animal that was saved.
And before you throw all myths under the bus, I suggest that you read The Memory Code
by Lynne Kelly and understand how our ancestors remembered tons of information.
Not really, because it probably didn't happen. But the interesting part of the story is that by the time the Gilgamesh flood (rain only) made it to Genesis, ground-level flooding took the lead. The actual circumstances of the glacial melt at the end of MIS 2 started as the Missoula / Spokane floods, which were 2,000 years of on and off groundwater flooding. No connection to anybody's boat in Mesopotamia, just something I found interesting.