IELTS Cue Card Sample 240 - Describe an animal that lives in the water

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.

Describe an animal that lives in the water.

You should say:

  •  what animal it is
  •  how you know about this animal
  •  whether it is a common animal in your country

and describe this animal.


 

Model Answer 1:

This is an interesting topic because I am not really that much familiar with the animals, living in water except only with a few, even though I live in a country which has many lakes, rivers and ponds all over. Anyway, the few animals, living in water, I know about are crocodiles, whales, seals and dolphins, and today I would like to talk about crocodiles.

Well, I have been familiar with this fascinating animal called crocodile since the days of my early childhood when I started to attend elementary school and learn about all the beautiful and exotic animals in the world.

But, I found crocodiles to be a bit special when I learned that crocodiles are one of the only animals that are thought to have survived the asteroid that wiped out the dinosaur population almost 250 million of years ago. They survived the mass extinction and thrived for hundreds of millions of years to come. Therefore, it’s safe to say, their history on earth is a long and mysterious one!

Later on, as I grew up older, I came to learn a lot more about these large aquatic reptiles after watching many TV programmes on the animal kingdom of the world. Then, I must also mention about revered Australian legends like Crocodile Dundee, Paul Hogan, and the legendary Steve Irwin (the architect of the TV programme called “crocodile hunter”) whose adventurous, sometimes very dangerous, works under the water made waters animals like crocodile really interesting to me. By the way, I wouldn’t really say that the crocodile is a common animal in the country where I live, but they can be seen once in a while.

Anyway, crocodiles are large reptile animals which live in freshwater, lakes, rivers, brackish water (a mix between salty and freshwater). They can be anywhere between 5 to 18 feet long and 40 pounds to 2000 pounds, depending on which part of the world they live in. The skin of these meat-eating animals is highly appreciated in the fashion industry and represents a status symbol for wealthy people. Finally, crocodiles can live from 50 to 80 years.


 

Sample Answer 2:  

The whale is an interesting animal that lives in the water and it is the largest animal among the living creatures in the world. Whales usually inhabit in the oceans all around the world and the size varies from 80 to 150 feet. They usually have a lifespan of an average 77 years and some whales live over a century.

I have heard about this large water animal in one of my textbooks when I was in kindergarten and later I have seen this animal and their characteristics on different TV channels. No, this is not a common water animal in our country. In fact, fishes are the most common water animal in our country and very few whales could be found in the ocean in our country.

This is the largest known animal in the animal kingdom which lives in water and is known as marine mammal animal. The average whales can be 30 meters long and they can have more than 180 tonnes weight. They are long-lived animals and some whales live over 100 years. Whales breathe air, like other mammals, and they are warm-blooded, feed milk to their infants and have body hair.

The whale is considered to be an animal that learns, teaches, cooperates and even grieves like other mammal animals. Whales can make extremely loud sounds which are known as whale songs and these sounds are their communication media. It is generally considered that whales are predators but they also eat various other foods like plankton and other animals. Whales that have teeth often eat fish and squid which they mostly hunt using the echolocation.


 

Similar Cue Card Topics

Your ability to talk about this Cue Card would enable you to talk about the following Cue Cards as well:
  1. Describe a wild animal you know about. 
  2. Describe a common bird or animal in your country. 
  3. Describe your favourite animal. 
 
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