IELTS Speaking Part 2: Topic card: Describe an aquatic animal/ an animal that lives in water; with discussion, model answer and Part 3 questions

IELTS Speaking Part 2: Topic card: Describe an aquatic animal/ an animal that lives in water; with discussion, model answer and Part 3 questions

In this IELTS Speaking Part 2 post, I’m going to discuss and provide a cue card of Speaking Part 2 of the IELTS test. Here, I’m going to describe a model answer for the topic of an aquatic animal/ an animal that lives in water. You will find a short discussion on how to prepare yourself for the cue card as well as some notes that will help you speak fluently. You will also get some part-3 questions at the end of the post.

IELTS Speaking Part 2: Topic card: Describe an aquatic animal/ an animal that lives in water; with discussion, model answer and Part 3 questions

A short discussion on the topic card:

Before you start speaking, you should jot down some ideas for the topic card.

Here are some notes that may help you speak fluently:

Think about the word ‘aquatic’. Have you ever heard this word before?
‘Aqua’ means ‘water’. So, ‘aquatic animal’ means ‘an animal that lives in water’. So, we can talk about crocodiles, whales, seals, hippos, dolphins, octopuses, starfish, even frogs.

We are going to describe ‘a crocodile’ for this cue card.

Add the following information in your speaking part 2 answer:

  • crocodile
  • during childhood
  • visit to a safari park
  • first encounter
  • learned about it before field trip from teacher
  • survived the asteroid strike that wiped out the dinosaur population
  • reptiles, cold-blooded, thriving predators, looks fearsome,
  • webbed feet, fast swimmer, streamlined body, lives 50 to 80 years

Model answer:

Well, I am not actually that much familiar with aquatic animals apart from only a few although I live in a country that has aquatic regions like rivers, ponds, and lakes all over the country. Anyhow, the few animals, living in water, I know about are whales, seals, crocodiles, and dolphins, and today, I’m going to talk about crocodiles.

I remember the first time I ever saw a crocodile was during a field trip from my school in a national animal sanctuary in the south-eastern part of Bangladesh, in the Chattagram Hill Tracks. There’s a place called Dulahazra Safari Park, where among many other native and foreign animals, I experienced my first ever encounter with a crocodile.

Before the field trip, as I recall, our teacher, Miss Joana, gave us an overview of what we might expect to see at the safari park for the first time in our life. She described many animals and among them, I found the crocodile the most interesting. It’s because she mentioned that crocodiles are one of the only animals that are thought to have survived the asteroid that hit the earth and wiped out the dinosaur population almost 250 million years ago. They survived the mass extinction and thrived for hundreds of millions of years to come. So, it can be safely said that their history on earth is a long and puzzling one!

Crocodiles are reptiles, which means that they are cold-blooded, are covered in dry, scaly skin, and have a backbone. From time to time, they are called ‘living fossils’ because they have been living on Earth since the time of the dinosaurs.

Even though they have been around for millions of years, their bodies have not changed very much during that time since they are such thriving predators and they look fearsome.

Crocodiles have very pointed snouts, which is a marked difference compared to their close cousin ‘Alligators’; and their upper and lower jaws are the same sizes. Crocodiles have webbed feet, which help them to be fast swimmers. Their bodies are also very streamlined, which means that they can slide quickly through the water to catch their prey. The size of a crocodile depends on its species, but some can grow to be over 23 feet long and weigh over 2,200 pounds, and they can live from 50 to 80 years.

That’s all.

Part 3 questions:

  • Why do people like to keep pets?
  • What should we do to protect endangered animals?
  • Do you support doing experiments on animals?
  • Why do some people refuse to eat animals?
  • What would happen when some species disappear on earth?

Here are model answers to some other speaking topic cards for your preparation:

Describe a beautiful building in your city

A sport or exercise that you do for fitness

Describe a handsome person you know

Describe someone you know who does something well

Describe a situation when you were late

Describe an important decision made by you

Describe the best gift or present you have received

Describe something that helps you concentrate 

Describe when someone gave you something you really wanted

Describe an advertisement you remember

Describe a newly built facility that improves the quality in your city

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