Whatchamaloop Old Jack's Boat


Whatchamaloop

Children's series. Coral Reef takes Jack and Salty on an amazing tour underwater - but everything goes wrong when her submarine's whatchamaloop breaks.


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Ha! Oh.

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And good day to you.

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# This is the place to be For Salty Dog and me

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# Down by the harbour We'll be there

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# Round every corner There's something to share

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# Give as a cheer Our friends are here

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# Just Salty Dog and me...

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Ha-ah! Come on, Salty.

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# This is the place to meet Down at the end of the street

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# Seagulls flying up in the blue

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# There's always a cup of tea Waiting for you

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# Out in the sun, having some fun Just Salty Dog and me

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# Haul away, haul away Sing a song of the sea

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# Hoist the sail I'll tell you a tale

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# Of Salty Dog and me

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# This is the place to go And these are the people we know

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# The village is busy With things to see

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# And there's the Rainbow Down by the quay

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# There's stories to tell Join us, as well

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-# Just Salty Dog and me. #

-PHONE RINGS

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What do you think is broken, Sam?

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I think it's the oojamaflip.

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No, no, no, you're wrong! It's bound to be the doobry-whatsit.

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I think you're wrong, but I'll have another go at fixing it.

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-Hello, Ernie.

-Hello, Jack.

-Hello!

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Got a bit of a job on your hands, Ernie?

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I certainly have. Behold, Jack, the future of fish selling.

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-It looks like your old fish stall to me.

-It is.

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But it's different.

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-Sam and I have built a machine that will change my life.

-Oh, yeah?

-Yeah.

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If you want a nice piece of fish, say, haddock, just ask me.

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I press a button

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and the haddock is lifted into the air by the doobry-whatsit.

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Oojamaflip.

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-And I don't have to bend over to pick it up.

-All fixed.

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-I'm not sure this is going to work.

-Why not?

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-It's been built by me and Ernie.

-My point exactly.

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Oh, ye of little faith.

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We needed to just make a little adjustment of the doobry-whatsit.

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-The oojamaflip.

-Yeah, whatever. Shall we give it a go?

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What fish would you like, Jack?

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-Well, I was going to ask for a nice piece of halibut.

-Coming right up.

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HE CLEARS HIS THROAT

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Oh!

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-It must've been the, er...

-Oojamaflip.

-..doobry-whatsit.

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BOING!

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I'm sure we'll get it right a third time.

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You know, I'm going you two

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to work on your doobry-whatsit, oojamaflip problem.

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I think I'll be safer onboard the Rainbow. Come on, Salty.

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You could be smacked in the ear hole by a lump of halibut.

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-I'm losing business!

-I'm going to get back.

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DRILLING AND HAMMERING Hit it there. Hit is hard.

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There she is, the Rainbow. What have you got for us today, m'dear?

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There you go, Salty. Let's get comfy.

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You know, I'm not sure Sam and Ernie needed

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a doobry-whatsit or a oojamaflip.

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-What they needed was a, er...

-SALTY BARKS

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Yeah, that's it, girl, a watchamaloop.

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Remember when we needed to a watchamaloop, girl?

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That was a tale to get your whiskers wiggling, that was.

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Let me get comfortable and I'll tell you the story.

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Once upon a twinkly time, the Rainbow set off from Staithes,

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waved goodbye to Whitby and disappeared over the horizon.

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Salty and I were spruced up nicely and ready for a day out.

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So we started to sing.

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# Just Salty Dog and me

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# Upon the briny sea

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# Our beards are combed And we're looking good

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# We're the dandiest pair In the neighbourhood

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# Our whiskers are flawless It's hard to ignore us

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-# Just Salty Dog and me.#

-HE CHUCKLES

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Suddenly, something rose up out of the water. Whoosh!

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It was Coral Reef's pink submarine

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and there was Coral, holding a loudspeaker.

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"Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls," she said.

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Salty let out a whine. "Oh, and dogs, of course.

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"I would like to invite you on a tour of the mysteries of the sea."

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Salty and I howled enthusiastically. We love going on tours.

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"First stop, the invisible squid," Coral announced.

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Ah, it was wonderful, whizzing along under the sea,

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shoals of shimmering fish darted this way and that

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amongst all the colourful, crinkly coral.

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"Look at that, Salty," I said,

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pointing to an extraordinary tree with long, rubbery strands.

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Salty's nose quivered. It had a rather unusual smell.

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Then, all at once, the submarine stopped and out we popped

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near some patterned rocks.

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"Now, watch those rocks very carefully," said Coral Reef.

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So we watched and we saw a shape appearing.

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It was patterned just like the rocks,

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but, it had eight wiggly arms.

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As it came towards us, its colours changed. Ha! Would you believe it?

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It was Charlie the squid.

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"Wow! That's an amazing trick," I said.

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"You look just like the rocks."

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"Yeah," smiled Charlie. "Squids can change colour. Watch this."

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And he' spread himself over the pink submarine

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and, before we knew it, he had turned pink, too.

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It looked like he'd disappeared.

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"Bravo for the invisible squid," we shouted.

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"Time to go," said Coral.

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So we thanked Charlie and we got back into the pink submarine.

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But the submarine let out a splutter.

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And it just wouldn't go.

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"Oh, bother," muttered Coral, tinkering with the engine.

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"Here's the problem," she said, waving a long, rubbery strand.

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"The watchamaloop is broken

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"and watchamaloops are very tricky to find."

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Well, Salty's whiskers started whiffling.

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She nuzzled under my jumper and twanged my braces.

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Ha-ha! "Good idea, Salty,

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"we can use Jack's braces instead of a watchamaloop," said Coral.

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And that's exactly what we did.

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The braces seemed to work perfectly,

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for before you could say "roughy scuttle-fish",

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the submarine was whizzing through the waves again,

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until it stopped and out we popped.

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"And now," Coral Reef announced,

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"I bring you the bravest creature under the waves."

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We looked around for a huge, brave-looking beast, but, instead,

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we saw a tiny red shrimp,

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with a white stripe and long, white antennae.

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"Myrtle, these people would like to see how brave you are," Coral said.

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"No problem," said the shrimp. "Where's Marvin?"

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"Here," said a big shark,

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opening its huge mouth to show off its fearsome teeth.

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"Here goes," said Myrtle, and she wriggled into the shark's mouth.

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Salty, she covered her eyes, and then, would you believe it,

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that little shrimp cleaned all the shark's sharp teeth.

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Wasn't that brave?

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"Ladies, gentlemen, boys, girls and dogs,"

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said Coral Reef in her most teacher-like voice,

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"Myrtle has been in training a long time,

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"so please do not try to clean sharp shark's teeth yourself.

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"It's very dangerous." We clapped so much, my hands felt numb.

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"Bravo", Salty said.

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The last time she had been this impressed

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was when the dog-biscuit factory exploded

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and it rained dog biscuits for three days.

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HE LAUGHS

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Anyway, it was time to go, so we thanked Myrtle

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and we jumped back into the pink submarine.

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But the engine let out a splutter and it just wouldn't go.

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"Bother," muttered Coral, "the braces keep slipping.

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"They aren't as good as a watchamaloop."

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Salty's whiskers whiffled again. She was having another bright idea.

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She rummaged in my bag and brought out her lead.

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"Good idea, Salty,

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I can use your lead instead of a watchamaloop," said Carol.

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And that's what she did.

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It seemed to work quite nicely, for before you could say

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"scuttling spider crabs",

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the submarine was whizzing through the waves,

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past the sunken galleon,

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where the little stripy fish swam and the jellyfish danced the cancan.

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Down, down it went, down it went, until it stopped and out we popped.

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It was ever so dark. We were in the deepest part of the sea.

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"Presenting the underwater fireworks," Coral announced.

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Then, all at once, the darkness exploded into colour.

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Beautiful bright swirls

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and showers of kaleidoscopic light danced in the water.

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"They are fish," said Coral. "Luminous fish.

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"They look just like fireworks."

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"Amazing," I whooped.

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Salty loved them more than everyone, of course,

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because they weren't noisy like real fireworks.

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It was time to get back to the Rainbow,

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so we thanked the luminous fish and we jumped in the submarine.

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But there was a "blop, blop, blop"

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and the submarine stopped.

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We had the same old problem with the engine - again.

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Salty's lead wasn't as good as a real watchamaloop

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and the submarine wouldn't budge.

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"I'll never get the submarine working properly again,

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"at this rate," said Coral Reef,

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dangling the old broken watchamaloop near Salty's nose.

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Salty's nostrils quivered,

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for she'd smelt that unusual watchamaloop smell somewhere before.

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Certainly, suddenly, she skittered off at top speed,

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her nose in the air.

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Skitter, skitter, skitter, until she reached the extraordinary tree

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with the long, rubbery strands we'd passed earlier.

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Coral looked closely at the tree.

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"Well, I never," she said. "It's a watchamaloop tree!

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"Bravo, Salty, now we have a new watchamaloop."

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The submarine worked better than ever with its new watchamaloop. Ha.

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And we were back at the Rainbow in no time at all.

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"Goodbye, Coral!

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"Thank you for our wonderful day," we called.

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And we set off happily, our heads full of wonder.

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Sailing towards the horizon, back to Staithes and home.

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Yeah.

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Did you like that story, Salty? All true, of course.

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Mind you, my stories always are.

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HE CHUCKLES

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HE HUMS A TUNE

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Hello. That's funny. There's nobody around, Salty.

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I wonder if they managed to fix

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their doobry-oobry what's-a-names.

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-Ow!

-Ow!

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-Ooh!

-Oh, there you are.

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-Problem solved?

-Problem solved.

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-We needed to just make a few...

-Fine adjustments.

-And it was fixed.

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-So can I see it working?

-You certainly can.

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Welcome to the 21st century.

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-Welcome to the glorious future of fishmongery.

-Ta-da!

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What can I get you?

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-A nice piece of halibut, please.

-Good choice.

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Notice I do not have to bend down.

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-The fish will come up to me.

-Oh.

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Sam, would you like to do the honours?

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Hey! Oh!

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-Oh-oh-oh.

-Oh!

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-That's not good.

-We're going to have to start again.

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I think fish is off the menu tonight, Salty,

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so I'm going to head over to the Mermaid

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and see what Captain Periwinkle can rustle up.

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-Goodbye, you two. Yes.

-BOTH: Bye, Jack.

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Good luck. Oh, dear.

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-Sam! I thought you said you'd fixed it.

-I did. Come on.

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Coral Reef takes Jack and Salty on an amazing tour underwater - but everything goes wrong when her submarine's whatchamaloop breaks.


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