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Session 72

Why are female penguins being found stranded on coasts hundreds of kilometres from home? Neil and Tom teach you the language the media is using to discuss this story.

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News Review

Stranded female penguin mystery solved

Female penguins have being getting stranded hundreds of kilometres from home on South American coasts. Now scientists have discovered why.

Language challenge

Penguins often travel together to avoid becoming ______.

a) strangled
b) stranded
c) strapped

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The story

Scientists think they may have discovered why thousands of penguins who get stranded on South American coasts are predominantly female.

When researchers tracked a small number of Magellanic Penguins from breeding grounds in Patagonia, they found that the females generally travelled further afield in search of food, with many reaching as far north as Uruguay.

Key words and phrases

travel somewhere dangerous or unknown

• The penguins left the land to venture into the sea in search of food.
• We plan to increase annual profits by venturing into the Asian market.

make someone or something very tired

• Long car journeys can exhaust children.
• Can we stop walking for a while? I’m exhausted!

washing up
being moved somewhere by water

• There’s always rubbish washing up on this beach! We need to clean it!
• The sailors were rescued after their boat washed up at a nearby port.

To do

Try our quiz to see how well you've learned today's language.

News Review quiz

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Now you've watched the video, try to answer these questions about the language in the news.

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Language challenge answer

c) stranded 


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