Expanded noun phrases: tarpon

1 - Learning Objective

Learning Objective

We are learning to use expanded noun phrases to convey complicated information precisely.

Context: tarpon


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Credit: BBC Two - Atlantic: The Wildest Ocean on Earth

Clip Description

Tarpons are large tropical fish. There are two species – one which is native to the Atlantic and the other to the Indo-Pacific Oceans. Fossil research shows they have been swimming in our oceans since prehistoric times and each fish can live over fifty years.

In this fascinating clip, deep in a coral cave, two-metre-long tarpons hunt huge shoals of silversides. These mighty carnivores swallow their prey whole, their cavernous jaws creating a suction effect when they strike. What other adaptations make these fish such successful hunters? Watch the clip to find out.

Word Challenge

Can you make a list of adjectives that best describe the different parts of the tarpon as it moves through the water?

e.g. glistening, polished, immense…