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From the Ted Talk by Peter Tyack: The intriguing sound of marine mammals

Unscramble the Blue Letters

Unlike fins and blues, which dssrepie into the temperate and tropical oceans, the humpbacked wheals congregate in local traditional brdeeing grounds, so they can make a sound that's a little higher in frequency, broader-band and more complicated. So you're listening to the ciaocmetlpd song produced by humpbacks here. Humpbacks, when they develop the ability to sing this song, they're listening to other whales and modifying what they sing besad on what they're hearing, just like song birds or the dolphin wtlisehs I described. This means that humpback song is a form of animal culture, just like music for humans would be.

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Unlike fins and blues, which ________ into the temperate and tropical oceans, the humpbacked ______ congregate in local traditional ________ grounds, so they can make a sound that's a little higher in frequency, broader-band and more complicated. So you're listening to the ___________ song produced by humpbacks here. Humpbacks, when they develop the ability to sing this song, they're listening to other whales and modifying what they sing _____ on what they're hearing, just like song birds or the dolphin ________ I described. This means that humpback song is a form of animal culture, just like music for humans would be.

Solution

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  3. breeding
  4. complicated
  5. whistles
  6. disperse

Original Text

Unlike fins and blues, which disperse into the temperate and tropical oceans, the humpbacked whales congregate in local traditional breeding grounds, so they can make a sound that's a little higher in frequency, broader-band and more complicated. So you're listening to the complicated song produced by humpbacks here. Humpbacks, when they develop the ability to sing this song, they're listening to other whales and modifying what they sing based on what they're hearing, just like song birds or the dolphin whistles I described. This means that humpback song is a form of animal culture, just like music for humans would be.

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