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Natural pests
Lion dance, Kymberly Fergusson

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Natural pests

Trips to aquariums and zoos are popular with school-age kids and adults. They are also fantastic for tourists to practice their language skills.

The lion fish is becoming a pest in waters around the world – there are too many of them!

Lion fish have venomous spines and do not have many natural predators (apart from the occasional shark).

They are aggressive fish, and actively protect their territories.

These fish are even dangerous to humans, although not deadly. However, when properly prepared, lion fish can be eaten!

This lion fish was photographed in the aquarium on a recent visit to Melbourne, Australia. But the aquarium’s information about this fish didn’t explain that the increasing numbers of lion fish are becoming a problem.

I was a little shocked when I found out it was a problem - I had thought it was a rare and beautiful fish.

Writing prompts

  • Write a blurb for the lion-fish exhibit in the aquarium that explains how and why they are a pest in many places around the world.
  • Write a proposal for how the numbers of these lion fish could be reduced. Be as creative as you can!
  • Write an information leaflet, explaining the dangers of this fish to humans and marine environments.

Conversation prompts

  • What other animals, fish or plants are becoming pests in your area? What is being done about them?
  • Do you support any conservation societies? If yes, which ones and why? Would you keep a lion fish in your home aquarium? Why / why not?

Categories | PROMPTS
Tags | language learning, teaching
25 Sep 2013