Quiz about Ten Water  Air Animals with Three Letter Names
Quiz about Ten Water  Air Animals with Three Letter Names

Ten Water & Air Animals with Three Letter Names Quiz


Quick! How many swimming and flying animals can you think of that have three-letter names? If you can't name ten, this quiz may help.

A multiple-choice quiz by jcpetersen. Estimated time: 6 mins.
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Author
jcpetersen
Time
6 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
377,894
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Easy
Avg Score
9 / 10
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Awards
Top 20% Quiz
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Scroll down to the bottom for the answer key.
1. For starters, aloha! Hawaii is where our first 3-letter animal name comes from. What is another name for yellowfin tuna?

Answer: (One Word, 3 Letters, This question contains a cryptic clue)
2. Just ask Bruce Wayne: these flying mammals may use echolocation, but they are not truly blind. What animal is it?

Answer: (One Word, 3 Letters)
3. Sherlock Holmes isn't the only one who can deduce that this flying insect keeps busy playing a crucial role in farming as a pollinator. Some species are well known for producing honey. What insect is it?

Answer: (One Word, 3 Letters)
4. Initially, you might pay first with cash on delivery if you order this fish as a meal. It has a white, flaky meat that is great for frying, making it a popular component in fish & chips and fried fish sandwiches. And its liver makes an oil rich in vitamins and nutrients. What animal is this?

Answer: (One Word, 3 Letters, This question contains a cryptic clue)
5. This animal is an elongated fish that swims by moving its body in a wave like motion. In one juvenile phase, it is called an elver. Shockingly, the electric version is really a knifefish. What animal is it?

Answer: (One Word, 3 Letters)
6. Unsurprisingly, this is a flying insect, with a single pair of wings. It has been the title subject of a 1958 film and its 1986 remake, both of which involved a scientist and an unfortunate teleportation experiment with disastrous results. What animal is this?

Answer: (One Word, 3 Letters)
7. This fish is a domesticated carp bred for its decorations and color. They are ornamental fish usually kept in ponds. What animal is it?

Answer: (One Word, 3 Letters)
8. This animal is a rather noisy and colorful bird related to crows. The most famous ones are blue, and in 1977 they started playing baseball in Toronto. What bird is this?

Answer: (One Word, 3 Letters)
9. This wise bird is a stealthy nocturnal hunter. It cannot move its eyes, but can rotate its head as much as 270 degrees to see. According to a famous television commercial, it can eat Tootsie Roll pops. What animal is this?

Answer: (One Word, 3 Letters)
10. This is a flat-bodied marine fish that "flies" through the water. Some have barbed tails, like the one that attacked and killed Australian conservationist and wildlife expert Steve Irwin in 2006. What animal is this?

Answer: (One Word, 3 Letters)



Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. For starters, aloha! Hawaii is where our first 3-letter animal name comes from. What is another name for yellowfin tuna?

Answer: ahi

In Hawaiian, ahi refers to both the yellowfin tuna and the related bigeye tuna.

Yellowfin tuna is sold in two grades - "sashimi" and "other".

Yellowfin tuna is on the Greenpeace Redlist of fish to avoid because of overfishing and bycatch (other non-tuna species being caught during tuna fishing).

The cryptic clue refers to the first letters of "aloha! Hawaii is" spelling "ahi".
2. Just ask Bruce Wayne: these flying mammals may use echolocation, but they are not truly blind. What animal is it?

Answer: bat

Bats are divided into two sub-orders: the Megachiroptera (megabats) and the Microchiroptera (microbats/echolocating bats). Despite the terms, the division is based on anatomical differences, not size. Megabats are herbivores and most do not use echolocation.

Bruce Wayne is the alter ego of the fictional superhero Batman (DC Comics), who first appeared in Detective Comics #27 (1939).
3. Sherlock Holmes isn't the only one who can deduce that this flying insect keeps busy playing a crucial role in farming as a pollinator. Some species are well known for producing honey. What insect is it?

Answer: bee

Sherlock Holmes, the fictional detective created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) first appeared in 1887. In the short story "His Last Bow" (1917), Holmes has retired from detective work and taken up beekeeping (apiculture). Holmes has even written a book about beekeeping.

Bumblebee nests only last for a single season, with the queen hibernating in the winter, emerging in spring to start a new hive, and all of the other bees dying off in the autumn as the queen hibernates again. Honeybees, however, remain active in winter, surviving on stored honey and forming a cluster to keep themselves and their queen warm.

An alternative definition of "bee" is a gathering of people for a purpose, such as work or competition. Examples include a quilting bee or a spelling bee.
4. Initially, you might pay first with cash on delivery if you order this fish as a meal. It has a white, flaky meat that is great for frying, making it a popular component in fish & chips and fried fish sandwiches. And its liver makes an oil rich in vitamins and nutrients. What animal is this?

Answer: cod

While cod is a common name for several species of fish, the main species of cod are the Atlantic cod and the Pacific cod.

Cod liver oil contains omega-3 fatty acids, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), vitamin A and vitamin D.

"Cash on delivery" (COD, or "collect on delivery") is a method of purchase where payment is made when the items are delivered, instead of at the time of ordering.
5. This animal is an elongated fish that swims by moving its body in a wave like motion. In one juvenile phase, it is called an elver. Shockingly, the electric version is really a knifefish. What animal is it?

Answer: eel

The electric eel isn't a true eel at all. It is a knifefish, and is related to carp and catfish.

After hatching, the transparent larvae will become glass eels, then elvers (which migrate inland via fresh water), then yellow eels and finally silver eels (which go back to the ocean to spawn and start the process over). Due to the varied forms, many of which are small and transparent, and the large migratory area, much of the eel's life cycle is not completely understood.
6. Unsurprisingly, this is a flying insect, with a single pair of wings. It has been the title subject of a 1958 film and its 1986 remake, both of which involved a scientist and an unfortunate teleportation experiment with disastrous results. What animal is this?

Answer: fly

Flies have no teeth and cannot eat solid food. They exist on a diet of liquids or pollen-sized grains.

The 1958 film "The Fly" was based on a 1957 short story of the same name by George Langelaan that first appeared in Playboy magazine. Vincent Price plays the scientist's brother. After the lab accident in both the story and the 1957 film, there is an immediate switch: the scientist ends up with the head and arm of the fly, while the fly ends up with the head and arm of the man.

The 1986 film stars Jeff Goldblum and features a much slower and gradual transformation into a complete fly-creature. The tagline of the film was "Be afraid. Be very afraid." This tagline has made its way into pop-culture.
7. This fish is a domesticated carp bred for its decorations and color. They are ornamental fish usually kept in ponds. What animal is it?

Answer: koi

"Koi" is the Japanese word for carp. The Japanese term for what English-speakers call "koi" is "nishikigoi".

One of the words used in Japanese for love is also pronounced "koi," and as a result, the koi has become a symbol for love and affection in Japanese culture.

Koi have been selectively bred for thousands of years to develop the over 20 different color patterns. However, these colors soon disappear if the koi breed with "normal" carp. Worldwide interest in koi first began in 1914, when the decorative fish were exhibited in Tokyo.
8. This animal is a rather noisy and colorful bird related to crows. The most famous ones are blue, and in 1977 they started playing baseball in Toronto. What bird is this?

Answer: jay

Jays are passerine birds. A major characteristic of passerine birds is that they are anisodactyl: their feet have three toes forwards and one backwards, which make perching easier.

The Toronto Blue Jays were formed in 1977. Based in Toronto, Canada, the Blue Jays were the first non-US team to win the World Series, doing so in 1992 and 1993.
9. This wise bird is a stealthy nocturnal hunter. It cannot move its eyes, but can rotate its head as much as 270 degrees to see. According to a famous television commercial, it can eat Tootsie Roll pops. What animal is this?

Answer: owl

There are two families of owls: Strigidae (true or typical owls) and Tytonidae (barn owls, which have a heart-shaped face and other skeletal differences).

In 1969, an animated commercial asked "How many licks does it take to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop?" The original 60-second commercial involves a boy asking Mr. Cow, Mr. Fox, Mr. Turtle, and finally Mr. Owl. Shorter versions eliminate the animals at the beginning. When Mr. Owl tries to find out the answer to the question, he only manages three licks before biting into the candy. While many scientific (and non-scientific) studies have tried to answer the question, the results vary widely, from ~100 to almost 3,500 licks.
10. This is a flat-bodied marine fish that "flies" through the water. Some have barbed tails, like the one that attacked and killed Australian conservationist and wildlife expert Steve Irwin in 2006. What animal is this?

Answer: ray

Rays are closely related to sharks. Both have cartilaginous skeletons, for example.

Steven Irwin (1962-2006) was best known as "The Crocodile Hunter," was a wildlife expert and television host. While filming "Ocean's Deadliest", he was killed by an 8-foot wide stingray.
Source: Author jcpetersen

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