The oldest aquarium fish – level 2

02-02-2022 15:00

In 1938, scientists brought an Australian lungfish from Australia to San Francisco, US. They called it Methuselah after the old person in the Bible.

The fish is 1.2 meters long, and it weighs around 18.1 kilograms. Scientists believe that it is the oldest living aquarium fish in the world. They say that it is around 90 years old. It eats other fish, and it likes when someone rubs its belly.

The fish has lungs and gills, and scientists believe that it is the link between fish and amphibians. Amphibians are animals which live both on land and in water, for example, frogs. It is not possible anymore to get the fish from Australia because there are too few fish left. When Methuselah dies, scientists cannot get another fish.

Difficult words: rub (to move your hand along the surface of something), gill (a body part with which fish breathe), link (to connect or relate).

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