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Monday, 14 February 2011

10 minute reading: Killer Whales off Ireland and Scotland

Level: Upper intermediate / B2

A great site for wildlife news updates is Wildlife Extra. You can sign up for free and get a weekly or monthly email with all the latest news. I think it works well because there are lots of short, easy to read articles.

Last week there was a story called 100 Killer Whales off Ireland and Scotland.
Have a look at the article and then answer these questions:

1  What is the scientific (Latin) name of the Killer Whale?
2  Which fish species were these Killer Whales chasing?
3  How many fish were the fisherman catching per day?
4  Where have similar large sightings of Killer Whales been made recently?
5  True or false - Killer Whales are not actually whales.

Answers below!


1 Orcinus orca
2 Mackerel
3 ''All fishing vessels were catching in excess of 200 tonnes per day''
4 Off Shetland and in the North Sea
5 True (they are a member of the dolphin family)

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