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Stingrays 魟

The newly discovered stingray in Thailand. 在泰國新發現的魟。

PHOTO : AP

have you ever seen an animal like this? It is a stingray, and it lives on the bottom of lakes, rivers and oceans all over the world.

There are many different kinds of stingrays, but all of them have the same basic flat body shape and long tail. This is helpful for stingrays because they like to bury themselves in the sand. If you saw one, you might not notice it unless you looked carefully. It's important to be careful when you are walking in water where stingrays might live, because if you step on a stingray, it will use its tail to sting you.

The stingray in this picture is a new kind of stingray that was just discovered in Thailand. Scientists are worried that there will be no stingrays like this one left if people are not very careful about protecting the rivers in Thailand where they live. (Kayleen Hartman, Staff writer)

你看過這種動物嗎?它是魟,棲息於世界各地的湖泊、河川和海洋底部。

魟有很多種,但共同特徵是扁平身體和長尾巴。這種體形特徵對牠們有幫助,因為牠們喜歡將自己埋在沙子裡,若不仔細看可能會找不到。走在可能有魟的水域得特別小心,你若踩到牠,牠會用長尾巴螫你。

照片中的魟是在泰國發現的新品種,科學家擔心民眾若不小心維護泰國的河川,棲息於河裡的魟可能會消失。 (翻譯:鄭湘儀)

Quick Quiz 複習測驗

1. Where DON'T stingrays live?

a. In mountains.

b. In rivers.

c. In oceans.

d. In lakes.

2. Why is it sometimes hard to see stingrays?

a. They are very shy.

b. They bury themselves in sand.

c. They only live in rivers.

d. They sting people who look at them.

Ans: 1.a 2.b


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