The animal in the picture is a seahorse. Seahorses like to live in shallow waters amongst the seaweed and eelgrass. They like it there because it is easy for them to hide.
Did you know that seahorses are actually fish? They swim using a small fin on their back. The fin flutters up to 35 times a second. Two smaller fins at the back of their heads help seahorses to steer.
Seahorses eat plankton, brine fish and baby fish. They don't have any teeth. They just suck their food up through their snout. Even stranger, they don't have stomachs. So they have to eat a lot of food to keep from being hungry! A seahorse can eat up to 3000 brine fish in a single day.
Seahorses are also special because, unlike most fish, they choose just one partner for their whole lives. Unlike most animals, the male seahorse carries the babies. They have a special pouch where they carry the eggs. When the babies are born, they are already tiny seahorses, just like human babies.
Just like other wild animals, you shouldn't try to capture seahorses. They will miss their partner. Plus, just imagine how much food you'd have to find to keep it alive!
1. fin n.
例: Some fish have long, colorful fins.
2. flutter v.i. /v.t.
振動 (zhen4 dong4)
例: The butterfly fluttered away.
3. plankton n.
浮游生物 (fu2 you2 sheng1 wu4)
例: Whales eat plankton.
4. snout n.
口鼻 (kou3 bi2)
例: Anteaters have very long snouts.