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Basilosaurus and Barnacles

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# I'm Andy and I work here at the National Museum

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# We've got dinosaurs and ice-age beasts, you should see them

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# Jenny's my assistant

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# Mrs Pickles runs the show

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# Come on my adventures

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# Ready, steady, go!

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# 1, 2, 3, 4!

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# Andy's Prehistoric Adventures

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# Hey, join the crew!

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# Travel back in time

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# And discover something new

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# Yeah, you can come too

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# You'll see woolly mammoths, dinosaurs, cavemen and more

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# When I jump into the old museum prop to explore

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# Take me off to prehistoric times, I say

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# Hold on tight, shut your eyes and then we fly away-y-y-y

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# 1, 2, 3, 4!

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# Andy's Prehistoric Adventures

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# Hey, join the crew

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# Travel back in time

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# And discover something new

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# Yeah, you can come too

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# Andy's Prehistoric Adventures

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# Andy's Prehistoric Adventures! #

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OWL HOOTS

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HE WHISTLES

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Hi, I'm Andy. I'm in charge of the prehistoric gallery

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at the National Museum.

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I'm working on a display about an enormous sea creature.

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I've got a few more things to put in place then I'm finished.

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-Hi, Andy.

-Hi, Jen.

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-I think I've worked out what this new display is.

-Go on.

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It's the tail fluke of a whale.

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Yes, how did you know?

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Easy, I calculated the dimensions

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then cross referenced the results with the museum's online index.

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-Right. And that means...?

-I looked it up on the internet.

-Oh. Ha-ha!

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But, Andy, why a whale display in the prehistoric gallery?

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Aren't whales are still around today?

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Yes, but this is the tail of a prehistoric whale

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called a Basilosaurus.

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Oh, I see. So, why have you got these bumps on it?

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Well, these bumps are called barnacle shells -

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tiny marine creatures that live on the skin of whales.

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-Mrs Pickles gave me these.

-Oh, fascinating.

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Oh, Andy, I know something else about whales.

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-Go on.

-Some of them like to sing.

-You're right.

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# La-la-la-la-la. #

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Maybe not like that though.

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Ha-ha! These are humpback whales.

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They communicate by singing.

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Their songs are one of the loudest in the animal kingdom.

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-Would you like to hear one?

-Yes, please.

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I'll just access the museum's PA system.

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WHALE SONG PLAYS

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-Whoa.

-Oh.

-Oh, whoa.

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-Oh, turn it off, Jen.

-Pretty loud, eh?

-Ah.

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Too loud. Ah, look, it's shaken off the barnacle shells.

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Be careful. We don't want to break them.

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These are the only ones we have. We can just stick them back on.

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-I need stronger glue though.

-Don't worry.

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There's some glue in the store cupboard.

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OK, come on, let's take a look.

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-There are lots of types of whale.

-Really?

-Big blue whale,

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sperm whale, even the great Jen whale.

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-Really?

-Only kidding.

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CRACK

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CRACK

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Huh?

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The barnacles, they've gone.

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-What's happened?

-Oh, no, Mrs Pickles is not going to be happy.

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They were the only ones we had.

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We can go to the seaside for more.

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Mrs Pickles is coming early tomorrow morning.

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There's not enough time.

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CLOCK CHIMES

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I'll make time.

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Jen, you stay here. I'll go get some more barnacles.

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Time to go on a prehistoric adventure.

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Andy? Where's he always going off by himself? Oh.

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Waistcoat, hat, backpack, gizmo.

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To the time of Basilosaurus.

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HE CHEERS

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Oh!

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I've landed in a mangrove swamp.

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Oh!

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But how far have I travelled back in time?

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36 million years,

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to the time of Basilosaurus.

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Hmm, my feet are soaking wet.

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I should have worn my wellies. Ha!

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SCREECHING What's that?

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Oh.

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That noisy bunch are called apidium,

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prehistoric primates.

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Well, they know how to keep their feet dry.

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Maybe I should join them.

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Arg! I just need to get that little bit higher. Ooh, ah!

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Whoa! Oh. Ah.

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That's better. Now I can look for some barnacles

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without getting wet.

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Oh, it's a fantastic view up here. Ooh.

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Huh?

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Well, I can't see any barnacles but I can see something.

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It looks like a Basilosaurus.

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Oh, but it's too little.

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According to my gizmo,

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it's a Dorudon, a small prehistoric whale

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that used to be hunted by Basilosaurus.

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Well, if I follow him, hopefully, I'll be able to find

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a Basilosaurus and replace the barnacles that Mrs Pickles gave me.

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Right...

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so, it looks like I'm going to get wet after all.

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I'm going to need my scuba helmet.

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Excuse me.

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Look out below. Whoa.

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Now, where's those Dorudon?

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They were here somewhere.

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There!

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Wait for me!

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Fantastic, there are loads of them.

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And where there are Dorudon, there has to be...

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Basilosaurus!

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Oh, what a stonking, great, big whale. Oh.

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I'm going to grab onto their tail.

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I don't want to get gobbled up by mistake.

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I've got to time this just right.

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Ready...

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..almost there,

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nearly...

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Now!

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Whoa! Hoo-hoo-hoo!

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It's a bit of a wavy, bumpy ride...

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..but it's a brilliant.

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Woohoo! Oh, hang on, barnacles.

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These would be perfect for the display.

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Urg!

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I just can't get them off.

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Huh? What's she doing? Urg!

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She's having a scratch on the seabed.

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Brilliant.

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She's scratched off all the barnacles.

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Brilliant. Perfect for my display.

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CLOCK CHIMES

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The clock. It's just in time to head back to the museum.

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Basilosaurus.

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Huh? Oh, no, I've been carried miles away from land.

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How am I going to get back to the clock?

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He-hello? Basilosaurus?

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You couldn't give me a lift back to dry land?

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It's no good. She can't understand me.

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Hang on. Whales communicate in song.

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If I play the song of a humpback whale from my gizmo,

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it should get her attention.

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Right.

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WHALE SONG PLAYS

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It's no good. It's too quiet.

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What am I going to do? My backpack is always full of useful things.

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A spade? No.

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A flask? What?

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A funnel?

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How is this going to help me?

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Unless...I could use this as a megaphone.

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That should work. I hope, anyway.

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WHALE SONG PLAYS

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It's working. She's coming.

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She's coming straight for me. Whoa!

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Woohoo!

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Ah. Going up.

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Whoaaaaa!

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Oh!

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That was, like, the best fairground ride ever. Oh.

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Time to head back.

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BIRDS TWEET

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CLOCK BELL RINGS

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Mrs Pickles - quick!

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SHE SNORES

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Jen, wake up.

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What? Where? Who? Andy?

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-Have you been swimming?

-No time to explain. Mrs Pickles is on her way.

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-Where's that glue?

-Oh, the glue, yeah.

-Brilliant.

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-I've got the barnacles. We just need to stick them on.

-OK.

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Hello, you two.

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I thought I'd pop in to check on the new display.

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Oh, that's magnificent.

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A full-size Basilosaurus tail.

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Ooh, and I see you've added the barnacles I gave you, Andy.

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Did you know that whales like Basilosaurus probably scraped off

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the barnacles by rubbing their bodies along the sandy seabed?

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Er, yes, I've heard that before, Mrs Pickles.

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See you next time.

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# 1, 2, 3, 4

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# Andy's Prehistoric Adventures

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# Andy's Prehistoric Adventures! #

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Andy goes on another time-travelling adventure to collect barnacles from a prehistoric ocean for his new museum display. During his journey he meets a troop of noisy primates, explores the seabed with his scuba gear and tracks down a giant prehistoric whale.


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