11/02/2017 Newsround


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It's Saturday, I'm Jenny and it's another big weekend

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of sporting action - first up, it's the Six Nations.

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And one of the tournament's biggest games takes place later -

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Wales take on England in Cardiff.

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It's the 130th time they've played.

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Last week, Wales beat Italy and England squeezed past

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France to keep up their 15 match winning run.

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Here's the Welsh captain, Alan Wyn Jones.

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You come out and you've got 75,000 fans that

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are there for what's hopefully

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going to be a good 80-minute game.

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You realise you're in a very fortunate place and you get to enjoy

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the anthem before the game.

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Hopefully we can put smiles on faces.

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And we want to know what you think will happen.

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Can England keep their winning record going

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or will Wales beat them?

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Go online and let us know.

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Volunteers in New Zealand have managed to re-float about 100

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of the 400 pilot whales that became stranded on beaches on Friday.Sadly

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many whales have died and it's thought another 200 many have

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got stuck overnight.

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It's the worst case of this type the country has ever seen.

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It's not uncommon for these animals to become beached like this.

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But why does it happen?

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Here's what you need to know.

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Beaching is when whales become stuck on sand and it can be very

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dangerous.

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Marine scientists then have one clear reason to explain why

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it happens.

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Here are some of the theories.

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It's thought some whales become stranded because they are

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sick or injured and are pushed in shore by currents, or are simply too

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ill to swim.

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Whales rely on something called sonar to work out

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where they are and where they are going.

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They send sound waves or pulses which bounce back of surfaces.

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Some ships use of sonar pulses, too.

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They have been linked to whales getting stranded because

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scientists think if the two crossed paths, the whales could become

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confused or injured.

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It's thought changes in the environment could

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cause them to behave differently, too.

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Perhaps food stocks are low, temperatures are unusually high

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or low, or the water they are in has become polluted.

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Even whales make mistakes.

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It is thought they can sometimes lose their way into

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shallow waters by accident while travelling to warmer waters to mate.

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Whales are very sociable creatures and often travel

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in large pods or groups.

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Marines think if any whale is affected by any of the last four

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reasons, any travelling with it will copy them.

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That's all from me, for now, Newsround's back

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right here at 11.55.

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Bye!

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-- 12:15.

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Have

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Have a

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Have a great

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Have a great Saturday!

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