©River Monsters: The murky world of giant freshwater fish via CNN
- What happens when a particular species becomes extinct?
- What animal abilities do you consider amazing?
- discover /dih-SKUHV-er/
- reach /reech/
- survive /ser-VAHYV/
- compare /kuhm-PAIR/
- attack /uh-TAK/
[verb] – to find information, a place, or an object, especially for the first time
Scientists have discovered how to know when an earthquake is coming.
[verb] – to get to a particular level, especially a high one
The temperature can reach 40 degrees Celsius today.
[verb] – to continue to live or exist, especially after coming close to dying or being destroyed or after being in a difficult or threatening situation
He was extremely fortunate to survive after the incident.
[verb] – to examine or look for the difference between two or more things
The teacher asked us to compare the areas of these triangles.
[noun] – a violent act intended to hurt or damage someone or something
Our immediate response to the attack was to run.
The arapaima is a Terminator-like animal with one fatal flaw: it’s excellent to eat. It’s known as pirarucu in the Amazon and is also called “The Amazon Cod” because of its firm white flesh and few bones. The fish is popular among natives and sophisticated diners in some of Brazil’s most populous cities. The arapaima population began to decline in the 1990s as a result of overfishing. At the time, there were precautions in place to prohibit arapaima fishing. On the other hand, illegal fishing continued, resulting in the extinction of the species in parts of the Amazon. Thanks to the efforts of environmentalists and local communities over the last two decades, this is no longer the situation.
- Where was the arapaima discovered?
- How many days can it stay out of water?
- Why did the arapaima catch the attention of the US Air Force?
- What is its fatal flaw?
- When did the population of the arapaima begin to decline?
- Do you know any animals that are facing extinction? Tell me more about it.
- Do you know any animal that has the same qualities as the arapaima? Tell me more about it.
- Would you also be drawn by the strong but flexible qualities of the arapaima? Why or why not?
- Do you agree with the idea that the arapaima is a revolutionary masterpiece? Why do you think so?
- What do you think is the best way to take care of these kinds of animals?