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How Do Fish Survive in Icy Waters?

Jellyfish: Fragile creature of the sea
In cold winter months, lakes and rivers freeze over forming ice. Yet, fish and other aquatic animals manage to survive.Animals like seals, penguins, walruses and a wide variety of sea birds are all fish eaters. They live in the Arctic and Antarctic Circle, amidst the icecaps. The land is completely frozen. Yet these animals manage to live in this...

A Lucky Hunter

There was once a hunter who, on the seventh birthday of his son, decided to go hunting to get something nice for the feast. But as he reached for the gun on the wall, it slipped from the pegs, hit the stone mortar below and alas, its barrel was bent like the letter L."Father, that's a bad sign," cried...

Polluted India

Where: Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, IndiaHussain Sagar in Hyderabad is a lake famous for the thousands of migratory birds it attracts from other parts of India and abroad, in the winter months. But the seagulls, ducks and other migratory birds no longer find it hospitable. They only use it as a stopover and prefer to fly away elsewhere.Too many idols...

The Magnetic Fish Bowl

This unusual fishing game is simple to assemble and great fun to play. And you won't have to worry about pulling poor live fish out of the water.Items required:Four to six magnets (one for each player; magnets can be found at any hardware shop), paper clips, stickytape, four to six thin nine-inch sticks (one for each player; unsharpened pencil work...

Something Special

The children were very excited about it. Early in the morning they woke up to the bird songs. Before the sun’s rays could peep in through the treetops they were ready in the jeep. This was their first visit to the jungle with their parents and the guide who knew the jungle well.Welcome to the National Park said the...

Killing them Surely

Where: Surat, Gujarat, IndiaNovember 4, 2000: When a member of the Parsi community dies, according to their religion, the body is not buried or consigned to flames. It is placed in the "Tower of Silence" for the scavenger birds or vultures to feed on them so that even in death the body is of use.In Surat, Gujarat, till a...

Boyhood by the Sea

Suresh and the Sea Written by Raghavendra Rao and Sandhya Rao Photos by Raghavendra Rao Published by Tulika, ChennaiThis book traces the real-life story of a boy through his growing years in his native fishing village, Injambakkam. The author, Raghavendra Rao, tells of how Suresh taught him to look at the sea with new eyes and surrender to the sea's charms. His...

The Truth About Bats

Bats are among the world’s least appreciated and most endangered animals, thanks to centuries of myth and superstition. Contrary to common misconceptions, bats are not blind, they are not rodents and they won’t get tangled in your hair. The truth is that bats are mong the most gentle and beneficial animals on earth.A bat is a winged mammal with...

The Truth about Eels

Where: Florida, USA October 16, 2000: The recent emergence of a large number of unfamiliar eels in the waters off the coast of Florida in South-east America, is causing worry to local ecologists there. They fear that the new arrivals, eels of Asian origin, will disturb the food chain of the region with their voracious appetites.What exactly are eels ?...

The Fish and the Dinosaur

Once there was a pond in a jungle. In that pond there were 63 fish. One day a Dinosaur came to the pond. In one day it drank half of the water of the pond.The fish were worried that the Dinosaur will drink the whole pond. The fish queen asked everyone that who would defeat the Dinosaur? One poor...

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