First listen and then answer the question.
What was the monster called?
Fishermen and sailors sometimes claim to have seen monsters in the sea. Though people have often laughed at stories told by seamen, it is now known that many of these ‘monsters’ which have at times been sighted are simply strange fish. Occasionally, unusual creatures are washed to the shore, but they are rarely caught out at sea. Some time ago, however, a peculiar fish was caught near Madagascar. A small fishing boat was carried miles out to sea by the powerful fish as it pulled on the line. Realizing that this was no ordinary fish, the fisherman made every effort not to damage it in any way. When it was eventually brought. to shore, it was found to be over thirteen feet long. It had a head like a horse, big blue eyes, shining silver skin, and a bright red tail. The fish, which has since been sent to a museum where it is being examined by a scientist, is called an oarfish. Such creatures have rarely been seen alive by man as they live at a depth of six hundred feet.New words and expressions 生词和短语
monster (title) /'mɑnstə/ n. 怪物
peculiar (1.6) /pi'kju:liə/ adj. 奇怪的，不寻常的
sailor (1.1) /'seilə/ n. 海员
shining (1.10) /'ʃainiŋ/ adj. 闪闪发光的
sight (1.4) /sait/ v. 见到
oarfish (1.12) /'ɔ:fiʃ/ n. 桨鱼
creature (1.5) /'kri:tʃə/ n. 动物，生物
Notes on the text 课文注释
1 Fishermen and sailors sometimes claim to have seen monsters in the sea. 渔夫和水手有时声称看见过海里的妖怪。句中的动词不定式to have seen是不定式的完成时结构，作动词claim宾语。
2 at times, 有时。
3 out at sea, 在远海。
4 no ordinary fish, 根本不是一条普通的鱼，no比not否定的意味更重。
5 made every effort, 尽一切努力。