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"From the Ted Talk by Mike deGruy: Hooked by an octopus"

Unscramble the Blue Letters

But, encouragingly, I've seen just the opposite. I've been to a place that was a pretty trashed bay. And I leookd at it, just said, "Yuck," and go and work on the other side of the island. Five years later, come back, and that same bay is now gorgeous. It's bfuatieul. It's got linvig coral, fish all over the pclae, crystal clear water, and you go, "How did that happen?" Well, how it happened is the local community galvanized. They recognized what was happening on the hillside and put a stop to it; enacted laws and made pmirtes required to do responsible construction and golf course maintenance and setoppd the sediments flowing into the bay, and stopped the claimhecs flowing into the bay, and the bay recovered. The ocean has an amazing alitiby to recover, if we'll just leave it alone.

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But, encouragingly, I've seen just the opposite. I've been to a place that was a pretty trashed bay. And I ______ at it, just said, "Yuck," and go and work on the other side of the island. Five years later, come back, and that same bay is now gorgeous. It's _________. It's got ______ coral, fish all over the _____, crystal clear water, and you go, "How did that happen?" Well, how it happened is the local community galvanized. They recognized what was happening on the hillside and put a stop to it; enacted laws and made _______ required to do responsible construction and golf course maintenance and _______ the sediments flowing into the bay, and stopped the _________ flowing into the bay, and the bay recovered. The ocean has an amazing _______ to recover, if we'll just leave it alone.

Solution

  1. chemicals
  2. permits
  3. place
  4. beautiful
  5. looked
  6. ability
  7. stopped
  8. living

Original Text

But, encouragingly, I've seen just the opposite. I've been to a place that was a pretty trashed bay. And I looked at it, just said, "Yuck," and go and work on the other side of the island. Five years later, come back, and that same bay is now gorgeous. It's beautiful. It's got living coral, fish all over the place, crystal clear water, and you go, "How did that happen?" Well, how it happened is the local community galvanized. They recognized what was happening on the hillside and put a stop to it; enacted laws and made permits required to do responsible construction and golf course maintenance and stopped the sediments flowing into the bay, and stopped the chemicals flowing into the bay, and the bay recovered. The ocean has an amazing ability to recover, if we'll just leave it alone.

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coral head 4
hydrothermal vent 4
mid water 3
tube worms 3
vent community 3
hope spots 3

Important Words

  1. ability
  2. amazing
  3. bay
  4. beautiful
  5. chemicals
  6. clear
  7. community
  8. construction
  9. coral
  10. crystal
  11. enacted
  12. encouragingly
  13. fish
  14. flowing
  15. galvanized
  16. golf
  17. gorgeous
  18. happen
  19. happened
  20. happening
  21. hillside
  22. island
  23. laws
  24. leave
  25. living
  26. local
  27. looked
  28. maintenance
  29. ocean
  30. permits
  31. place
  32. pretty
  33. put
  34. recognized
  35. recover
  36. recovered
  37. required
  38. responsible
  39. sediments
  40. side
  41. stop
  42. stopped
  43. trashed
  44. water
  45. work
  46. years