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Exercise for Lesson 6: How to Copyedit

Instructions: In this exercise, we’re going to be practicing copyediting with the corrected versions of the paragraphs which were provided in the previous exercise along with an introduction and a conclusion. Here, as copyeditor it will be your job to arrange these paragraphs in the best possible arrangement, according to the title and context of the article being written.

A Short Treatise on the Size and Characteristics of Whales

Blue whales are a kind of baleen whale. They swim in almost all of the oceans in the world. However, they  nearly faced endangered status in the 1990s due to the rampancy of harpooning in the 20th century. This was put to a stop in 1996 by the international community. These days’ numbers of blue whales are looking up despite the plateau in their population which was reached two decades ago. Since then, the international community has been adamant about protecting this precious marine mammal.

The North Atlantic whale is one of tree right whale species that belong under the genus Eubalaena. Their main characteristics are a dark gray body, a rotund midsection, a v-shaped blowhole and an arching rostrum. They swim in the North Atlantic Ocean and grow up until 59 ft long. They are a migratory specie and travel during different times of the year—to mate, to give birth and to feed.

Whales are great creatures—since the 1800s, whales have been looked at with a kind of awe: man has long held a morbid fascination with the great beasts, so much so that whale watching has even become a legitimate hobby. Despite their seemingly similar appearances and the many difficulties that come with trying to observe and study whales, there have been a great many studies conducted on the speciation of whales in the past. Here, we’ll be taking a look at these different kinds of whales and how they differ in appearance and size.

The Humpback whale is one of the oddest kinds of baleen whales (if not whales in general). They have elongated fins, a humped back and a knobbly head. They are also one of the types of whale that are best known for breaching or moving over the surface of the ocean, to slam their bodies down over the top. This has made the Humpback whale very popular with the whale watchers of Australia and New Zealand. They grow to be 52 ft long.

Bryde’s whale is a whale that resides in warm, tropical waters. It is long and wide, with a very narrow body. It is characterized by three gray lines that run rostrally along its body. It is gray on top and usually white on the ventral (belly) side. These whales are also baleen whales and belong to the same family as the Humpback whales and grow to be 49 ft long.

In conclusion, we can say that each different kind of whale has its own charm. We can also conclude that the way a whale looks has a lot to do with its nature and the environment in which it lives—does it travel? Does it live in the same place year-round? What part of the ocean is it found in? These are all important questions to ask when we talk of the evolution and speciation of whales.

Fin whales are the second largest animal on earth, next to the Blue whale. They grow up until 88 feet long and can weigh up until 80 tons. They are the only asymmerically colored mammal, with the right side of teir lower jaw colored white and the left side of their lower jaw colored black. There are around 120,000 recorded Fin w hales in existence today. They are usually born  at a wait of 4, 000pounds.





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