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"From the Ted Talk by Darren Croft: Inside the killer whale matriarchy"

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These matriarchs can live eighty yeras or more, while most males die off in their tiirhets. Though kellir whales inhabit every major ocean, until recently we knew very little about them. The details of their lives eluded scientists until an organization called the Center for Whale Research began studying a single population near wthaiosgnn State and British Columbia in 1976. Thanks to their ongniog work, we’ve learned a great deal about these whales, known as the suoethrn Residents. And the more we learn, the more this population’s elders’ vital role comes into focus.

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These matriarchs can live eighty _____ or more, while most males die off in their ________. Though ______ whales inhabit every major ocean, until recently we knew very little about them. The details of their lives eluded scientists until an organization called the Center for Whale Research began studying a single population near __________ State and British Columbia in 1976. Thanks to their _______ work, we’ve learned a great deal about these whales, known as the ________ Residents. And the more we learn, the more this population’s elders’ vital role comes into focus.

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  1. thirties
  2. washington
  3. killer
  4. southern
  5. years
  6. ongoing

Original Text

These matriarchs can live eighty years or more, while most males die off in their thirties. Though killer whales inhabit every major ocean, until recently we knew very little about them. The details of their lives eluded scientists until an organization called the Center for Whale Research began studying a single population near Washington State and British Columbia in 1976. Thanks to their ongoing work, we’ve learned a great deal about these whales, known as the Southern Residents. And the more we learn, the more this population’s elders’ vital role comes into focus.

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