Orcas in Russia

[Animals ★]


(P1) Ice trapped four orcas in the far east of Russia. Rescue workers took a small boat to reach the whales that were between 50 to 100 meters from the coastline.

(P2) They then had to move the ice to create gaps the whales could swim through. It took a few hours, but they managed to get three of the whales, including one calf, to freedom.

(P3) The rescuers stayed with the fourth orca, protecting it from the ice, until higher waters allowed it to join the others.


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VOCABULARY: trapped, rescue, whales, coastline, gaps, calf, protecting


If you found the passage difficult to read or had problems understanding specific words or idiomatic expressions, please discuss them with your tutor. The following discussion questions should be answered in your own words and with your own arguments.

  1. Briefly, summarize the content of the article in your own words.
  2. Do you like Orca whales? Why or why not?
  3. What do you think about the rescue workers saving the 4 Orca whales?
  4. How do you think the whales got trapped?
  5. Do you like cold weather? Why or why not?


What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • Far east (P1)
  • Swim through (P2)
  • Higher waters (P3)

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