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Vocabulary Quiz
breeding • shipping • excavation
converge • wreck
  1. How many times per year could ships complete this route?
  2. It is important to have colonies for animals that are in danger of extinction.
  3. The cloudy water over there is where the ocean and river water .
  4. The Titanic is a famous ocean .
  5. It costs a lot of money to do an underwater .
Comprehension Quiz
Answer the following questions about the interview.

1212 Water Adventures
Peter talks about all the different water adventures one can do in South Africa.

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Vocabulary notes (text only) explain key vocabulary and phrases from the interview.

breeding colony

One of the breeding colonies of the great white shark is in South Africa.

A 'breeding colony' is a place in where a large number of animals mate or create babies. These can either occur naturally in the wild or because of human intervention. Notice the following:

  1. The guidebook says that there is a parrot breeding colony near here.
  2. Many scientists work hard to keep this breeding colony functioning the way it should.

shipping route

The ancient shipping route from Europe goes right past the Cape Point.

A 'shipping route' is a specific path that boats would take when moving products from one part of the world to another. Notice the following:

  1. This was a common shipping route for jewels and spices.
  2. The cruise ship actually follows an old shipping route around the world.


You get a lot of historical excavation near the ship wrecks.

When you 'excavate' an area, you dig up or move around dirt to look for old or interesting artifacts. Notice the following:

  1. The archaeologists found many old tools during the excavation.
  2. It's very rare to find interesting things in excavations in this area.


It's pretty dangerous too because there are two converging seas.

If two things 'converge,' they come together and combine with each other. Notice the following:

  1. Do you see the part where the two colors converge in the glass?
  2. Our ideas about things rarely converge.


Treasure diving or wreck diving sounds more fun than shark diving.

A 'wreck' is something that has been completely destroyed. In this case, Jana is referring to something that was destroyed and is now sunken beneath the ocean. Notice the following:

  1. The car was a complete wreck after the accident.
  2. One of the most interesting places to dive around here is a wreck of a ship just off the coast.