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A Very Quick Reader

Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 4 to 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   3.12

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    social, dorsal, belugas, backs, chubby, nickname, adult, layer, blubber, percent, body, sounds, instead, whales, hunt, skin

Other Languages
     Spanish: Las ballenas beluga


Beluga Whales
By Vickie Chao
Rewritten as a very quick reader by Cindy Grigg
  

1     Belugas are very cute whales. They have white, chubby bodies. Adult belugas may be sixteen feet long. They have bulges on the front of their heads. These are called melons. They have round flippers on their sides. Belugas don't have dorsal fins on their backs. Belugas live in the Arctic. They are called white whales. Instead of dorsal fins, belugas have small, tough ridges on their backs. They use their heads and these ridges to break ice and make breathing holes. They can turn their heads from side to side and up and down. They can swim backwards! Belugas have a thick layer of fat underneath their skin. That fat is called blubber. Blubber helps keep them warm in icy waters. As much as forty percent of their body weight may be blubber. Belugas .....
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