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The Mysterious Colossal Squid



The Mysterious Colossal Squid

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     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   4.38

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     challenging words:    colossal, copyright, kraken, qualfies, squid, original, biologist, natural, based, made-up, rarely, whales, caption, general, frighten, certain
     content words:    New Zealand, New Zealand Ministry


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The Mysterious Colossal Squid
By Mary Lynn Bushong
  

1     Caption: This colossal squid was caught by New Zealand fishermen in 2007. Original copyright for this image belongs to the New Zealand Ministry of Fisheries. It is believed that the use of this image qualfies as fair use under U.S. copyright law. No other free image is available to show the size, shape, and natural color of this animal.
 
2     "I'm going to be one of the greatest fishermen in the world some day," announced Rafe as he speared a piece of grilled salmon with his fork.
 
3     "Oh," asked Dad, "what's this sudden interest in fishing?"
 
4     "Don't fishermen know all about fish?" asked Rafe.
 
5     "They know a lot about fish in general and some about certain fish," said Dad.

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