A Whale of a Time|『鲸』喜时刻


by Paul Hines

Getting up close and personal with whales.

  Whales hold a special place in the heart of humanity, and there is a great deal of respect for these graceful creatures of the sea. Unfortunately, whales were once hunted to near extinction because whale meat and oil _(1)_ a major industry. Fortunately, action taken by many governments, which banned the hunting of whales, _(2)_ their numbers increase significantly in recent years. This action has _(3)_ created a new whale-based industry called whale watching.


  Humpback whales breed in the warm Pacific Ocean during winter, and feed in the icy Southern Ocean during summer. Between May and November, 17,000 humpback whales make a 10,000 km round-trip from the coast of Antarctica to the northeast tip of Australia. On the trip back south, the adult whales and their calves stop to rest in the warm and peaceful waters off the coast of Hervey Bay, which is a popular Australian holiday destination.


  Each winter, thousands of tourists from around the world board one of Hervey Bay's many whale-watching vessels to get up close and personal with the whales. The whales _(4)_ a spectacular display. They swim in the boat's wake and leap majestically from the water while _(5)_ fountains of water from their spouts. Tour operators are planning to soon introduce a new activity which will actually allow adventurous tourists the opportunity

_(6)_ with the whales. The dangers of swimming _(7)_ a 40-ton whale are obvious, although the activity promises to provide thrill-seekers with a unique and unforgettable experience.


1. (A) fueled (B) evaluated (C) diagnosed (D) tolerated

2. (A) saw (B) seeing (C) had seen (D) has seen

3. (A) miserably (B) habitually (C) inadvertently (D) gorgeously

4. (A) touch on (B) let off (C) put on (D) call off

5. (A) loosening (B) absorbing (C) conquering (D) spraying

6. (A) swimming (B) to swim (C) to swimming (D) swim

7. (A) aboard (B) alongside (C) amid (D) via


『鲸』喜时刻

近距离与鲸鱼接触。

  鲸鱼在人类的心中占有很特殊的地位,而我们对于这些海洋中的优雅生物也相当尊敬。不幸的是,鲸鱼曾一度被捕杀而濒临绝种,因为鲸肉和鲸油带动了这个主要行业。幸好,许多政府采取了行动,禁止猎捕鲸鱼,使得鲸鱼的数量在近几年来有了显著的增加。这个行动无意间创造出一个以鲸鱼为基础的新兴行业,该行业即称为『赏鲸』。


  冬季期间,座头鲸会在温暖的太平洋中繁衍,而在夏季期间,牠们会在冰冷的南大洋里哺育。五月到十一月间,一万七千头座头鲸会从南极洲的沿岸出发,一直游到澳洲东北端,来回共一万公里。在这趟旅程要回头往南时,成年鲸与牠们的幼鲸会在赫维湾沿岸那温暖且宁静的水域里停下来休息,这里也是热门的澳洲度假胜地。


  每年冬天,数千名从世界各地而来的观光客会登上赫维湾的赏鲸船,以近距离接触鲸鱼。这些鲸鱼会献上壮观的表演。牠们会游在船的轨迹上,并雄伟地跃出水面,同时从喷气孔喷出水柱。旅游公司正在计划一项即将推行的活动,这个活动实际上会让喜欢冒险的游客有机会与鲸鱼共游。跟着一头四十吨重的鲸鱼身旁共游,其中的危险是显而易见的,不过这项活动承诺会带给寻求刺激的人一趟独特且难忘的经验。


答案: 1. A 2. D 3. C 4. C 5. D 6. B 7. B





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A Whale of a Time|『鲸』喜时刻