Many people imagine the seahorse to be real horse living in the sea. This is not true at all. The seahorse is so called because it is a tiny creature with a horse – liked head which lives in the sea.
Sea – horse are found mostly in warm seas. They have a long, flexible tail which is used for wrapping around weeds for support. They swim I upright position, their movements being helped by a rapidly oscillating fin on their back. The male sea – horse lays her eggs in this pouch.
The most remarkable thing about the seahorse is that part of the process of reproduction is taken over by the male creature. One the female seahorse has laid her eggs in the male creature’s pouch, she leaves. The hatching of the egg is done by the male fish.
Mating begins with the male and the female seahorses doing courtship dance. The male and female creatures swim around each other in circles. At the end of the dance, the male appears to bow to its partner; but in actually, the male is banding to pump water from his pouch. Next, the female fish lays eggs into the male’s pouch. About two hundred eggs are laid. The pouch, then close up. The female seahorse now swims away, leaving the male seahorse to do hatching.
The eggs are hatched about a month later. The young seahorses are ejected from the male creature’s pouch by means of muscular contractions.
The sea – horse feeds on tiny fish the creatures sucking them into its month.
1. What is the purpose of the text?
a. to inform readers the sea – horse’s process of reproduction
b. to persuade readers to breed the seahorse
c. to explain how to bread the seahorse
d. to describe a particular seahorse
e. to describe a particular sea horse
2. What do you think about the sea horse’s reproduction process.......?
3. The male seahorse has a pouch in its abdomen to ….?
a. hatch the eggs
b. feed the baby seahorse
c. eject the young seahorses
d. keep some food for its babies
e. pump water from its abdomen