What Ken Ham’s Ark Encounter Fails to Address

Ark Encounter

What Ken Ham’s Ark Encounter Fails to Address


(Above is the picture of the Wyoming)

There are many, many flaws with the Genesis story of Noah’s Flood, and there are many articles debunking it as well. So to add the case we will debunk just the size and construction of the wooden Ark alone.

The ark was purported to be 516.24′ x 86′ x 51.6′(converted from cubits). There was supposed to be 3 decks. Using this data, we get a total square footage of 133,189.92 ft on 3 decks.

Assuming you don’t accept Evolution, you must arrive at the assumption that the number of species we currently see is exactly the same number of species that existed at the time of Noah. (Excluding the Dinosaurs, even though Ken Ham believed they were also on the Ark.) And for simplicity we will forgo that whole 7 of every clean animal part since the math with only counting 2 of every species is more than adequate.

According to conservative estimates, there are between 3 Million to 10 Million different species on Earth today.
Using the MOST CONSERVATIVE numbers, 3 Million species x 2 of each species (not taking into consideration species that reproduce via non-sexual reproduction)= 6 Million animals.

133,189.92 Sq Ft divided by 6 Million animals = 0.0221983 sq ft, or 0.27 sq in. This is simple math folks and we aren’t even including food, water or excrement. So each animal gets about 1/4 of a square inch in the Ark, but we’re not done just yet.

Let’s talk about the live animal cargo on the Ark and how it’s construction effected that as well.

An adult elephant in captivity will eat around 50kg of food per day. A mixture of hay mostly but with vegetables and oddly, bread. 50×365= 18,250kg. Times two, of course, is 36,500kg of food or 36.5 metric tonnes. Also, an elephant in captivity will drink about 200 litres of water per day. That’s 146,000 litres of water for two elephants, or 38569 gallons. And this is for just elephants, there’s apparently an entire planet’s worth of animal species x2 left to feed after this. So with every animal having only a 1/4 inch to roam, where did they fit all the food?

Digesion of food = gas and waste…

In order to prevent explosive levels of methane gas, not to mention an odor of biblical proportion, the air in the ark would need to be totally exchanged every two hours. The velocity of the air in Noah’s window needed to be maintained at 170.45 miles per hour for 11+ months. No provision were made for exhaust gas according to the bible, they must have overlooked this ripe fact.


What is very convenient is that the folks involved in The Ark Encounter and Answers in Genesis never address what happened to the Wyoming . Although they give a size comparison of the Wyoming, they conveniently fail to go into the details about this ship, and what happened to it.

The Wyoming was a wooden six-masted ship, and the largest wooden schooner ever built. She was built and completed in 1909 by the firm of Percy & Small in Bath, Maine. Wyoming was also one of the largest wooden ships ever built, 450 ft (140 m) from jib-boom tip to spanker boom tip, and the last six-masted schooner built on the east coast of the US.

Because of her extreme length and wood construction, Wyoming tended to flex in heavy seas, which would cause the long planks to twist and buckle, thereby allowing sea water to intrude into the hold. Wyoming had to use pumps to keep her hold relatively free of water. In March 1924, she foundered in heavy seas and sank with the loss of all hands.

Now as you can see, the Ark was considerably larger than the Wyoming and would have had to carry an immense weight in cargo.
So going by all this information, just the construction and contexts surrounding the Ark is enough to sink this story.


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  1. Any one who owns a boat and has been out in a storm knows that you need to be able to keep the bow pointed into the waves. This ark was huge and likely top heavy. How did they keep it from being broad sided in this storm of all storms?

    1. Uhm … God. Duhhhhh. 😀 😀 😀 😀 😛 😛 😛

    2. So there’s this thing called a sea anchor, a hanging weight that drags behind the tail, and keeps it straight into a wave, that way it can’t get capsized.

  2. Another problem they have is what we’re all those carnivores supposed to eat, the only 2 deer or antelope or just about any animal on th ark.

    1. Someone just told me that all humans and all animals were vegetarians until after the flood.

      Yet, that still doesn’t address what they would have eaten when they got off the boat since all plant life would have drowned too.

      It’s a never ending series of ad hoc nonsense

    2. They don’t believe that any animal was carnivorous prior to being released from the ark. Even velociraptors were herbivores.

  3. Anybody believing this Ark crap needs to go back to school. A real school where they teach facts, science and reality.

  4. 3 millions species includes animals that live in the ocean and insects which are small, so the amount of species on the boat would be smaller, but in any case the ridiculousness still stands

    1. Wrong about fish! Initial rises in sea levels would increase salinity in the fresh water and kill the fresh species, but as the rain fell to drown all the land, about 29000 feet above present levels the salinity would have decreased to a level that would have killed the salt water fish.
      Very few if any bird or flying insect could have remained aloft for a full year in the deluge described so they would all have had to be accommodated on board too.

    2. There would have been only 16k animals, not every specie, every family, felines, canines etc.

  5. There is nothing less useful than a well thought out and scientifically accurate debunking of a divine myth. All of the technical flaws and logistic impossibilities can be refuted by the devout, with one simple all-encompassing response.
    “God did it”.
    It’s their blanket response to any rational criticism of their mythos.

    1. If rationality in the realm of science, then let’s try the realm of fiction, since that’s where the genesis myth resides. One major plot hole, if god can flood the entire world, killing all humankind, except Noah and family, and all animals not on the ark (not very environmentally friendly), and if god can just make the animals hibernate, not hungry, or some other mystical thing, like magically creating food for the animals, why not just snuff out all human life instead? He would at least be following the law of conservation of energy, which he set down, and we all know how keen on the law god was. Also, if he created all the animals, why kill some – save some? Why not just create them all again? Is he now saving some of his endless power?

      It’s suitable for fiction, despite not being well written.

  6. Ken Hamm believes that there was only one species of each animal, then after the Ark, microevolution caused variety in each. One type of dog that didn’t look like any of the dogs today, then evolution created all the different types of dogs. Bullshit, but it would greatly reduce the number of species of animals that had to be on the Ark. Still, the number would be way too many.

    Then, after the flood, when all the animals got off the Ark, some of them became carnivores. They would have had only the other Ark passengers as a food source, so they would have eaten all the herbivores, then started eating each other and Noah’s family, and finally, the last of them would starve to death when there was no more food. The Earth today would be unpopulated.

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  8. It s been reported before that the numbers Ken Ham is using to sell government officials on the Ark are based on false projections.

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  22. Then there is the “minor” detail that there is not enough water on the earth to cover all of the land. We can stipulate that god created and then disposed of the excess water. But if the rain were fresh water, most of the sea creatures would die. If it were salt water, most of the fresh water creatures would die.

    Either way, all of the non-aquatic plants would die. I know god was annoyed because people did what, being omnipotent, he knew they would do because that’s how he created them. What did the plants and animals do? Were grass blades evil? Did the perch in the lakes sin?

    Ken Ham is either a charlatan or unbelievably stupid. Maybe he is both?

  23. People say you don’t need to count fish, birds and flying insects, this is wrong you must include them. Why, because no bird or insect could stay aloft for a year. As for fish, rain is fresh water so the salinity of the sea would be reduced killing many if not all salt water fish, conversely the higher salinity initially as sea levels rose would harm the fresh water life.

  24. There are 144 square inches in a square foot. Hence you need to multiply 0.0221983 by 144, not by 12. This gives each animal a roomy 3.2 square inches.

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