What’s Your Ocean IQ?

By Kathy Kranking

Everyone knows about whales, sharks, and sea turtles. But there are plenty of not-so-famous creatures that are just as cool! Swim along with us and take this ocean quiz. Then rate yourself on your ocean animal smarts.

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1. The stargazer buries itself in the sand to. . .
a. fool prey into coming close to its wiggling tongue.
b. sleep, keeping its mouth open and tongue out so it can breathe.
c. hibernate.

2. Christmas tree worms are . . .
a. the world’s tiniest trees.
b. animals that live on a coral reef.
c. Christmas ornaments for fish.

3. This sea angel uses its “wings” to. . .
a. swim.
b. breathe.
c. fly around doing good deeds.

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4. A mudskipper is a . . .
a. lizard that lives in the water.
b. fish that can breathe air.
c. type of tadpole.

5. The red-lipped batfish. . .
a. wears lipstick.
b. has feet.
c. can walk on its feet-like fins.

6. These beautiful sea squirts. . .
a. squirt water from their bodies when they’re disturbed.
b. feed on small creatures that they filter from the water.
c. both a and b.

7. The yeti crab has unusual eating habits. It eats. . .
a. its young.
b. the hairs on its arms.
c. bacteria that grow on the hairs on its arms.

8. The dumbo octopus. . .
a. has big ears that give it excellent hearing.
b. has fins that look like ears.
c. is the star of a movie.



6-8 correct: You have a DEEP knowledge of ocean animals.

4-5: You did swimmingly.

2-3: You’re still afloat.

0-1: You’re in way over your head. But don’t worry—now that you’ve checked the answers, you’re an ocean know-it-all!


ANSWERS: 1-a, 2-b, 3-a, 4-b, 5-c, 6-c, 7-c, 8-b

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