News Exercise #150


1. Could you catch the length of this shark?
2. Why is this shark being caught, and why not catch a smaller fish instead?
3. How will this testing be done?
4. Why are fish eating the plastic?
5. Where was this video filmed?
6. The problem is not only the plastic but also what else?

Answers:
1. Could you catch the length of this shark?
It’s 11 and-a-half feet, 3.5 metres.
2. Why is this shark being caught, and why not catch a smaller fish instead?
They need it to study the levels of pollution in the sea. The shark is the top of the food chain and so it contains pollutants that smaller fish have ingested.
3. How will this testing be done?
They take a biopsy for later testing.
4. Why are fish eating the plastic?
The plastic is broken up into small pieces by the sun and waves, and wildlife mistake it for food.
5. Where was this video filmed?
Bermuda.
6. The problem is not only the plastic but also what else?
The plastic attracts other toxic chemicals washed into the oceans such as flame retardants and pesticides

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