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Reading: Surprising Sharks

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I love sharks, though I wouldn’t get in the water with them like some of our crazy students in our Cape Town English school. I think they’re beautiful creatures. Here’s an article all about them with some key vocabulary taken out. Can you put the correct word in the correct gap?
Lesson by Caroline

To read the full article, go to http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/uk/indepth/shark-facts.shtml

Key Words


Sharks have a fearsome _(1)_ stretching back much further than the iconic 1970s film Jaws but, for residents of the UK at least, the reputation is undeserved.

In fact, sharks are actually under _(2)_ from man. Whether caught for their fins, to be served in fish and chip shops or as accidental by catch it's clear that shark numbers are falling. To help you understand the beauty of the sharks residing in our waters, here are seven surprising facts.

Around 21 species live off the UK coast

According to the Shark Trust you're most likely to meet the basking shark. These plankton-eating gentle _(3)_ can grow up to 11 metres and are seen off Britain's west coast throughout the summer. If you're lucky enough to see one of these protected animals, please report your _(4)_ to The Shark Trust's basking shark project.

Anglers meanwhile are most likely to catch catsharks and in the South West they have been helping to track their movements through tagging.
Shark skin is covered in tiny teeth

These teeth or denticles face backwards, reducing turbulence in the water so that sharks can swim faster. If you _(5)_ a shark you would find their skin _(6)_ in one direction and rough in the other.

Sharks have a conveyor belt of teeth

Shark teeth are larger versions of the denticles covering their skin and depending on their diet, they can wear out quickly. To solve this problem sharks have several _(7)_ of teeth that work like a conveyor belt. New teeth grow through as replacements and move forward in the mouth around every two weeks depending on the species.

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