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"From the Ted Talk by Melissa Garren: The sea we've hardly seen"

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To give you a sense of what an overfed ocean may look like, here are two examples of me sampling seawater. On your left, it's a claen coral reef, and on your right is a nearly dead coral reef that has a very intense fish farming operation in the waters there. You'll notice I'm only smiling in one of these two pictures, and in the other one my dive buddy had to be a whole lot coselr to cturape that image. So if we were to take a drop of seawater from each of these spelams and put it under the microscope, this is what the bacteria and viral communities would look like. So again, clean reef on your left, fish farm reef on your right. As we all have had a fenileg of discomfort from imbalanced gut microbes, a fish swimming through a part of the ocean that has been overfed in this way — in this case, by intense aquaculture, but it could be a saegwe spill or flereiiztr runoff or any numebr of other sources — that fish will feel the physical discomforts of the ocean microbes being out of whack. There may be less oxygen present, there may be more pathogens there, and there may be toxins puoercdd by some of these mrbcioes. The bottom line is that from their tiny-scale existence, these tiny microbes have a very large-scale power to control how our oeacn smells, how it tastes, how it feels and how it looks.

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To give you a sense of what an overfed ocean may look like, here are two examples of me sampling seawater. On your left, it's a _____ coral reef, and on your right is a nearly dead coral reef that has a very intense fish farming operation in the waters there. You'll notice I'm only smiling in one of these two pictures, and in the other one my dive buddy had to be a whole lot ______ to _______ that image. So if we were to take a drop of seawater from each of these _______ and put it under the microscope, this is what the bacteria and viral communities would look like. So again, clean reef on your left, fish farm reef on your right. As we all have had a _______ of discomfort from imbalanced gut microbes, a fish swimming through a part of the ocean that has been overfed in this way — in this case, by intense aquaculture, but it could be a ______ spill or __________ runoff or any ______ of other sources — that fish will feel the physical discomforts of the ocean microbes being out of whack. There may be less oxygen present, there may be more pathogens there, and there may be toxins ________ by some of these ________. The bottom line is that from their tiny-scale existence, these tiny microbes have a very large-scale power to control how our _____ smells, how it tastes, how it feels and how it looks.

Solution

  1. microbes
  2. produced
  3. closer
  4. number
  5. sewage
  6. samples
  7. feeling
  8. fertilizer
  9. capture
  10. ocean
  11. clean

Original Text

To give you a sense of what an overfed ocean may look like, here are two examples of me sampling seawater. On your left, it's a clean coral reef, and on your right is a nearly dead coral reef that has a very intense fish farming operation in the waters there. You'll notice I'm only smiling in one of these two pictures, and in the other one my dive buddy had to be a whole lot closer to capture that image. So if we were to take a drop of seawater from each of these samples and put it under the microscope, this is what the bacteria and viral communities would look like. So again, clean reef on your left, fish farm reef on your right. As we all have had a feeling of discomfort from imbalanced gut microbes, a fish swimming through a part of the ocean that has been overfed in this way — in this case, by intense aquaculture, but it could be a sewage spill or fertilizer runoff or any number of other sources — that fish will feel the physical discomforts of the ocean microbes being out of whack. There may be less oxygen present, there may be more pathogens there, and there may be toxins produced by some of these microbes. The bottom line is that from their tiny-scale existence, these tiny microbes have a very large-scale power to control how our ocean smells, how it tastes, how it feels and how it looks.

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marine microbes 5
deep breath 3
coral reefs 3

Important Words

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  34. microbes
  35. microscope
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  41. oxygen
  42. part
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  44. physical
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  46. power
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  48. produced
  49. put
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  65. viral
  66. waters
  67. whack