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Voluntários lutam para salvar baleias encalhadas

24 janeiro 2014 Atualizado pela última vez 12:48 BRST 14:48 GMT

Transcript

Saving the lives of these stranded whales is a race against time.

Around 70 pilot whales have been found on the sand at Puponga Beach in New Zealand this week.

More than 100 volunteers worked tirelessly to get the animals floating again.

It's no mean feat to return these mammals to the sea. But only 46 survived and are now safely swimming in deeper water.

Transcrição em português

Salvar a vida dessas baleias encalhadas é uma corrida contra o tempo.

Cerca de 70 baleias-piloto foram encontradas na areia na praia Puponga na Nova Zelândia nessa semana.

Mais de 100 voluntários trabalharam incansavelmente para fazer os animais flutuarem novamente.

Não é uma tarefa fácil retornar esses mamíferos ao mar. Mas apenas 46 sobreviveram e agora nadam com segurança em águas mais profundas.

Vocabulary

stranded - unable to leave a place because something prevents you

tirelessly - working energetically non-stop

floating - being near the surface of the water

no mean feat - a great achievement

mammals - animal of which the female feeds their young with milk produced by its own body

Exercise

stranded / tirelessly / floating / no mean feat / mammals

1. The floods peaked at a lower level than expected but more than 30 suburbs are under water. Huge amounts of debris - cars, boats and jetties - have been __________ downstream, some smashing into bridges.

2. Collecting medicine from a hospital or clinic-based dispensary in some of South Africa's townships is __________. There is the cost of transport to the facility, often hours spent queuing, the cost to have someone look after children left at home, or the loss of pay because of missing work.

3. The Russian research ship Akademik Shokalskiy and Chinese icebreaker Xue Long have broken free from Antarctic ice where they had been __________ for several days.

4. "Our dedicated team of keepers, veterinary staff and many others worked __________ to ensure Tian Tian received the best care possible, which included remote observation and closing the panda enclosure to visitors to give her quiet and privacy."

5. Smaller __________, like koalas, which can weigh as little as 8kg (18lb), tend to have a smaller larynx with shorter, thinner vocal folds. And just like strings on a musical instrument, these make a higher pitched sound.

Answers

Source: Queensland rebuilding 'huge task' http://bbc.in/1bLeMBT

2. Collecting medicine from a hospital or clinic-based dispensary in some of South Africa's townships is no mean feat. There is the cost of transport to the facility, often hours spent queuing, the cost to have someone look after children left at home, or the loss of pay because of missing work.

Source: South Africa's cycling medicine men http://bbc.in/1aH30V0

3. The Russian research ship Akademik Shokalskiy and Chinese icebreaker Xue Long have broken free from Antarctic ice where they had been stranded for several days.

Source: Antarctic ships escape from ice trap as weather changes http://bbc.in/JFqN0R

4. "Our dedicated team of keepers, veterinary staff and many others worked tirelessly to ensure Tian Tian received the best care possible, which included remote observation and closing the panda enclosure to visitors to give her quiet and privacy."

Source: Edinburgh Zoo panda Tian Tian 'no longer pregnant' http://bbc.in/1bLp5Wx

5. Smaller mammals, like koalas, which can weigh as little as 8kg (18lb), tend to have a smaller larynx with shorter, thinner vocal folds. And just like strings on a musical instrument, these make a higher pitched sound.

Source: Koalas bellow with unique voice organ http://bbc.in/195O7yq

5. Everyone has their favourite over-packaging bugbear be it the infamous shrink-wrapped coconut or bananas packaged singly on polystyrene trays.

Source: A month without plastic http://bbc.in/1ds7lBl