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What is a Sea Horse

What is a Sea Horse

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What is a Sea Horse?
Even though the sea horse is a fish, it doesn’t look like a fish. It has a headshaped like a pony. Instead of scales, the body of a sea horse is encased in rigidplates and thorny spikes. And its tail is like a snake’s!The sea horse doesn’t even behave like other fish. It usually curls its tailaround a bit of seaweed in the water so that it won’t be swept away by thecurrent. When it does swim, it moves about with the help of a single fin on itsback, and it moves upright through the water.The mouth of a sea horse is a pipe-like tube through which it sucks in its food.Unlike other fish, it has a distinct neck and a movable horse-liked head. Perhapsthe most peculiar thing about sea horse is the way they care for their young. Thefemale fish, when she lays her eggs, puts them into the brood pouch like apocket beneath the tail of the male. So the father, instead of the mother, carriesthe eggs about until they hatch. Even after the young hatch out, they remain inthe father’s pouch for a time until they are able to take care of themselves.Sea horses can be found in nearly all the warm and temperate seas. They eatsmall sea creatures and the eggs of other fishes. A sea horse never eats a deadthing. There are about 50 different kinds of species of sea horses. Their sizesmay range from 5 to 30 centimeters.Sea horses are seen only in the summer and they are known as summerfishes. Nobody knows what happens to them in the winter! Another strange thingis that other fishes in the sea don’t like to eat or attack sea horses!
1.If the sea horse does not curl its tail around a seaweed in thewater, ……………….a
it may not be able to eat its food
b
it will be moved violently by the current
c
its neck will not be able to move
d
its eggs may move along the current
2.The head of the sea horse ……..a
moves with the help of a fin on its back
b
is covered with scales
c
can suck in its food
d
looks like a horse
 
3.
The male sea horse ………a
carries the eggs for the female
b
lays the eggs in the brood pouch
c
never eats the eggs of other fishes
d
is not seen in the summer
4.The size of the smallest sea horse is ……….a
5 centimeters
b
10 centimeters
c
20 centimeters
d
30 centimeters
5.Sea horses are known as summer fishes probably because ……….a
no one knows what they do in the winter
b
they are found only in the warm seas
c
they are seen only in the summer
d
they are never eaten or attacked by other fishes6.
“….they remain in the father’s pouch for a time until they are ableto take care of themselves.” The underlined word refers to…..a
the female sea horses
b
the young sea horses
c
the male sea horses
d
the eggs of the sea horse7.
“Perhaps the most peculiar thing about sea horses is the waythey care…”The underlined word means ……..a
difficult
b
terrible
c
common
d
strange8.
“Sea horses can be found in nearly all the warm and temperateseas.”The underlined word means ………a
not extremly hot or cold
b
extremly cold
c
very deep
d
very rough

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