A fish is shaped for where it lives and how it feeds. A fish with a torpedo shape can swim quickly through the water. A fish that is flat can easily hide on the bottom of the water. Some fish are shaped like eels. Some fish have long shovel-shaped or paddle-shaped snouts. Other fish such as gar are spear-nosed. Some fish are rounded or disk-shaped.
A fish's mouth shape is adapted to the food it eats. A fish with a mouth that slants upward might attack prey from underneath. A fish with a lower jaw that is flat probably feeds on or near the bottom.
Take a look at these fish:
- Which of these fish might be bottom feeders? How can you tell?
- Which of these fish generally attack prey up in the water column? How can you tell?
- Which of these fish probably swim fastest? How can you tell?
- Which of these fish live on the bottom? How can you tell?
- Which of those fish are saltwater fish? Draw a picture of those fish in their habitat.
- Which of those fish are freshwater fish? Draw a picture of those fish in their habitat.
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