The Georgia Aquarium is celebrating a rare occurrence: a weedy sea dragon at the aquarium is pregnant.
It is only the third time ever that such a creature has been pregnant at a US aquarium, officials said.
Sea dragons are one of the very few species in which the male carries the eggs, said Kerry Gladish, a biologist at the aquarium. Gladish said that sea horses and pipe fish males also carry eggs.
The aquarium’s sea dragon has about 70 fertilized eggs — which look like small red grapes — attached to his tail. He is expected to give birth in early to mid-July, said Gladish.
Sea dragon pregnancies are rare at aquariums because researchers don’t know what gets them in the mood to mate.
“We know there’s something biological or environmental that triggers them to want to reproduce, but in the aquarium world, we’re not sure what that is,” Gladish said.
The aquarium recently changed the lighting and thinned out the plants in the sea dragons’ tank to give them room to court each other.
The aquarium has seven of the 18-inch sea dragons, which resemble Dr Seuss characters with long aardvark-like snouts, colorful sea horse bodies and multiple paddle-like fins.
During mating, the female lays dozens of eggs and then transfers them to the male’s tail.
In the wild, the survival rate for sea dragon babies is low, but in captivity it’s about 60 percent, Gladish said. The fish is on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s list of threatened species, mostly because of pollution and population growth in its native Australia.
Only about 50 aquariums worldwide have sea dragons.
1. aquarium n.
水族館 (shui3 zu2 guan3)
例: Have you ever been to the aquarium in Penghu?
2. fertilized adj.
使受精的 (shi3 shou4 jing1 de5)
例: The doctor planted a fertilized egg into the woman.
3. trigger v.t.
引起 (yin2 qi3)
例: His decision to fire Rhonda triggered a lot of problems.
4. captivity n.
人工飼養 (ren2 gong1 si4 yang3)
例: Turkeys become dumb when they live in captivity.
1. The dragon...
a. has already given birth.
b. is expected to give birth this month.
c. is expected to give birth next month.
2. Biologists ___ how to get sea dragons to mate.
a. have a good understanding of
b. don’t have a good understanding of
c. aren’t interested in understanding
3. Who lays the eggs?
a. The male sea dragon.
b. The female sea dragon.
c. The article doesn’t say.
4. The survival rate for sea dragons is...
a. higher in captivity than in the wild.
b. higher in the wild than in captivity.
c. about the same in the wild and in captivity.
Leroy: What’s the matter?
Roger: My editor just sent the novel I wrote back. He said I need to cut 300 pages before he’ll publish it.
Leroy: He probably thinks it’ll read better if it’s more concise.
Roger: But I worked hard writing the parts he wants me to cut.
Leroy: Well you can't make an omelette without breaking eggs.
you can't make an omelette without breaking eggs
The above phrase means that you can't accomplish something important without causing some damage along the way.
in the mood 有「性」趣
To be in the mood means to desire sexual relations. For example, “Mark turned off the lights, lit candles, poured some wine and turned on light music to help put his wife in the mood.”
A word with a similar meaning is aroused. For example, “Trevor was aroused after seeing all those beautiful women at the beach.”
A word that’s similar to aroused but vulgar is horny. For example, “Casper is always horny. Annie said he makes her feel uncomfortable.”
「in the mood」的意思就是「性」致勃勃，例如：「馬克關了燈，點上蠟燭，倒了點酒，還放了輕音樂想要挑起他太太的性趣」。
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