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Mid Year Examination (#3): Section K

Read the passage below and answer questions 1 to 10.

ALL ANSWERS MUST BE IN COMPLETE SENTENCES.

 

As we peered through the dusky half-light on the beach at Queensland's Heron Island on the first day, we spied baby turtles which were the exact replicas of their giant parents but as small as mice.

 

Behind us, we heard the soft crackling of egg shells as the hatchlings broke out and made their dash to the water. We had to squint in the dark to follow their progress to the sea and their new life. Torches were a definite no-no when watching hatchlings as the turtles had an amazing photographic memory which captured an image of the beach where they were born. Eventually, they would use that information to return to the same spot to lay their own eggs. Bright lights made it difficult for them to capture the image.

 

The next day, we swam with the mother turtles in the shallows and that evening, decided to visit the beach an hour earlier, to ensure a clear view of the hatchlings. Other resort guests had the same idea and we were rewarded with the sight of dozens of baby turtles clambering over the dunes and making a dash for the water.

 

However, we were horrified to see seagulls pecking off the hatchlings at will. The resort's briefing was very clear - let nature take its course but we could stand only so much torment watching the delicate, beautiful creatures being chomped on. Some guests rushed forward to frighten the birds away.

 

Feeling guilty, the humans went back to sit on the beach and watch the rescued babies head out to sea. Only one in 10 000 turtles would survive to adulthood. The guests thought they might have helped the hatchlings and were satisfied with themselves as the hatchlings dived between the waves. However, such satisfaction was shortlived.

 

"Look, is that a mother turtle out there?" one guest asked. It soon became clear that what looked like turtle flippers were fins. The reef sharks were gathering for their supper. Reef sharks generally were harmless to humans but no brave saviour offered to swim out and shoo them away and evolution was left to take its relentless course. Nature did have a way of getting even.

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On the first day, when did the writer and his friend see the hatchlings?

 

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The writer and his friend saw the hatchlings at dusk.


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What does 'the exact replicas of their giant parents but as small as mice' (paragraph 1) tell us about the hatchlings?

 

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The hatchlings looked exactly like their parents but only that they were smaller.


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Why did the writer and his friend have to strain their eyes at the beach?

 

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There were hardly any lights and it was very dark.


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Why were torches 'a definite no-no' (paragraph 2) on the beach?

 

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Lights made it difficult for the turtles to capture the image of the beach where they were born.


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From the passage, what were two activities resort guests could engage in?

 

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They could swim with turtles in the waters and watch the hatchlings.


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