Transcript: Northern Gannets
In animation, Zamzoom, a young purple space alien and his quick-witted robot partner Orbie high-five before getting into a space ship. Orbie is a blue and yellow floating ball with a robotic arm. Zopzee, Zamzoom's little sister, appears and hugs Zamzoom. She has short pink hair and big eyes.
The title of the show reads "Zamzoom's Animal Adventures."
Zamzoom says OKAY! A NEW ADVENTURE ON
LET'S SEE WHERE WE'RE EXPLORING
Zamzoom spins the globe and pins a spot.
Orbie says CAPE SAINT. MARY'S IN THE
FAR EAST COAST
OF NEWFOUNDLAND, CANADA!
Zamzoom says HOME TO THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS
OF REALLY POINTY-BEAKED BIRDS.
Orbie says ACCESSING DATABASE...
THEY'RE NORTHERN GANNETS!
Zamzoom says LET'S CHECK 'EM OUT!
BUT NOT TOO CLOSELY...
I MEAN, GOTTA BE CAREFUL AROUND
THEY'RE LIKE SUPER POINTY
They land on a grassy cliff facing the ocean.
Zamzoom says WOW! THESE ARE REALLY STEEP
THE GANNETS LOOK LIKE REALLY
BUT KINDA CLUTZY WALKERS.
Orbie says THAT'S WHY THEY NEST SO
THEY HAVE TROUBLE TAKING OFF
FROM FLAT SURFACES.
Zamzoom says OH, SO FROM WAY UP HERE
DIVE OFF THE CLIFFS TO PICK
UP AIR SPEED AND...WHOA!
HOW FAST ARE THEY GOING!
Orbie says CALCULATING...
YIKES! SOME OF THEM ARE GOING
90 KILOMETRES AN HOUR!
THAT'S AS FAST AS SOME HUMANS
DRIVE THEIR CARS ON THE HIGHWAY.
OR ALMOST AS FAST AS YOU RAN
AWAY FROM THAT CHARGING RHINO
BACK IN AFRICA.
Zamzoom says THAT WAS ONE SCARY DUDE.
HEY CHECK IT OUT! TO MAKE
THEMSELVES AS FAST AND SLEEK
AS POSSIBLE THE GANNETS TUCK
THEIR FEET AND WINGS IN
REALLY TIGHT, AND SPLOOSH!
Orbie says HAVE YOU NOTICED, THEY'RE DIVING
LIKE MACKEREL AND SQUID.
OR FOLLOWING FISHING BOATS, AND
EVEN TRAILING AFTER WHALES TO
TRY TO GRAB THEIR LEFTOVERS.
Zamzoom says BUT THEY ALL SEEM TO COME
ARE THEY REALLY GOOD AT FLYING
BUT REALLY BAD AT FISHING?
Orbie says NO, THEY'RE GREAT AT CATCHING
I MEAN THOSE BEAKS, COME ON!
Zamzoom says OH, SO THEY JUST SWALLOW
WHATEVER THEY CATCH?
Orbie says SOMETIMES, BUT THEY ALSO HAVE
A SPECIAL POUCH IN THEIR THROAT
THAT THEY CAN CARRY FISH HOME
A gannet feeds her baby.
Orbie says DIGESTIVE ACIDS IN THE POUCH
BREAK UP THE FISH
SO THAT IT CAN BE FED TO THEIR
Zamzoom says LOOKS KINDA AWKWARD, AND JUST
A BIT GROSS.
Orbie says HEY! SOME OF THESE PARENTS FLY
HUNDREDS OF KILOMETRES
TO CATCH DINNER. HOW ELSE ARE
THEY GONNA GET IT HOME?
Zamzoom says FAIR ENOUGH.
OKAY, SO WE CHECKED OUT THEIR
DIVING, AND FISHING SKILLS. WHAT
CAN YOU TELL ME?
Orbie says WELL, COUPLES STAY TOGETHER FOR
BOTH PARENTS EQUALLY SHARE THE
IN CARING FOR THEIR LITTLE ONES.
AND THEY DO THIS THING CALLED
Two gannets rub their beaks together.
Zamzoom says IS THAT LIKE THE BIRD VERSION
OF ARM WRESTLING?
Orbie says IT'S HOW THEY GREET ONE ANOTHER
AND SOCIALLY BOND.
SEE? THEY'RE BEING VERY
Zamzoom says I'D HOPE SO. LIKE I SAID,
THOSE BEAKS LOOK SHARP!
HOW ABOUT YOU AND I JUST STICK
Orbie says DEAL!
Back in the space ship, Zopzee appears on a screen and says HEY ZAMZOOM! DID YOU HAVE A
GOOD VISIT TO EARTH TODAY?
Zamzoom says WE SURE DID! WE WERE IN
Zopzee says DID YOU GET ME ANYTHING?
Zamzoom says YOU'RE GONNA LOVE IT! I WAS
INSPIRED BY THE GANNET'S
LONG POINTY BEAKS, SO I KNITTED
Zamzoom shows Zopzee a sweater.
In disgust, Zopzee sticks her tongue out and says OH! THANKS...?
The end credits roll.
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