Bloop The Deep


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And once that dolphin sound is recorded,

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it passes through my analytical filters.

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Don't tell Ant. He'll want a Jeffrey translator.

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He's already asked for one,

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but my machine isn't that sophisticated.

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I still need to compare observed behaviour with the different sound

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-variations.

-Just like music!

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Pitch, frequency, duration?

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Exactly! Didn't I say you'd be the perfect assistant?

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HUMMING

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Did you hear that?

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Your younger ears pick up higher frequencies than mine.

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So, that's a no?

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HUMMING

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DOLPHINS CALL

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Something spooked them.

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Maybe that sound?

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Let me turn it up.

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LOUD HUMMING

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I'm still not hearing anything.

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Are you sure that...

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HUMMING GETS LOUDER

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-SHE SHOUTS:

-Did you hear that?

-HE SHOUTS: What?

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My family are explorers.

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We have been for generations.

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While others look up to the stars,

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we know there are an infinite number

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of things that shine in the darkness below.

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There are things lurking in the seas that long ago vanished into myth.

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My family are explorers,

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and we explore...

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The Deep.

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OK, just keep the volume down.

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This is the last speaker set we've got.

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HUMMING

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Incredible!

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The Bloop!

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What's a bloop?

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It's one of the most mysterious mysteries, ever.

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How do you not know the Bloop?

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Huh. I don't get out a lot.

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In 1997, there was a sound underwater.

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It baffled everyone who heard it.

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They called it the Bloop.

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The Bloop was heard and recorded all over the Pacific Ocean,

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then suddenly...

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It vanished!

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I've found the one from 1997 online.

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Listen.

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HUMMING

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They're virtually the same!

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It's a GSM.

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Let me guess - Giant Sea Monster?

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What else?

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Ant, most scientists believe the original Bloop

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was the sound of icebergs cracking.

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Those scientists never proved anything.

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AND lacked my overactive imagination.

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And, given we're off Papua New Guinea...

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There's a noticeable lack of icebergs.

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And this Bloop is less than 20km away.

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I wonder if it's connected to that.

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These marks are fresh.

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Proceed with caution, Ant.

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We don't know what's out there.

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Oh, I so do!

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A conch shell.

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Clearly, a giant sea monster dragged its equally giant prey from there to

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its fearful lair.

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That way!

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I hate to burst your bubble, Ant,

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but these marks are way too precise and even to be drag marks.

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It looks more like...

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RUMBLING That's no Bloop!

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It's a deep sea mining machine.

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It's going to eat the Rover!

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Ant, it's too late! Don't do it!

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-No!

-Ant!

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Get out of there, Ant!

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You're cutting it too close!

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HE WHIMPERS AND SCREAMS

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Come on, come on, come on!

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Whoa!

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Ant? Back to the Aronnax.

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Now.

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Uh... Uh-huh.

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And I should, in the future,

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remember that I'm far harder to replace than the Rover.

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Oh! And the listen-to-instructions thing.

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Never, EVER risk your life like that again!

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That mining machine is just eating everything.

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We've got to stop it.

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We're trying. Your father's talking

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to the World Oceans Authority right now.

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And there's nothing they can do.

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This area's not a marine reserve.

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But there's a Bloop out there!

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HUMMING

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Did it just...hear you?

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HUMMING INCREASES IN PITCH

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The tone changed!

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It's not just one sound.

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Come on out, GSM, wherever you are.

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It's not going to come when it's called, Ant.

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It's a sea monster, not a dog.

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Ha! So, you admit it's a sea monster!

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Ugh!

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That last transmission came from within 1km.

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Nektons, my name's Bruce Alba from Deep Sea Mining.

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We need you to clear this area.

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We're extracting rare earth minerals...

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And you need to stop.

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We have reason to believe there's something quite unique in the area.

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-We heard a Bloop.

-A Bloop?

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You mean that iceberg sound from decades ago?

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No-one knows what made the sound.

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And there are no icebergs in the area.

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It may be coming from a living creature.

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We need you to stop your machine until we can locate the source.

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I'm not shutting down this entire operation

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for a hypothetical creature.

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You get me evidence instead of theories, I'll think about it.

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He'll think about it?

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Everyone spread out and try to cover as much ground as you can.

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We need to find the source of the Bloop.

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Stay alert, Jeffrey. We're looking for giant sea monsters.

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What is it?

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HUMMING The Bloop! Professor Fiction!

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Did you hear that?

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Loud and clear, and I can triangulate the location.

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Turn to the left and head up that rise.

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Track marks. That machine went by here before.

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There's a coral bed down there, but no giant sea monsters.

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Uh, Professor? Are you sure this is the right place?

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I'm sure. Keep looking, Ant.

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So far, nothing giant, or even sea monsterish.

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HUMMING

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Whoa! I found it!

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It must be under...

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No, not under...

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The Bloop is coming from the coral!

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This is beyond words.

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It may be a whole new life form.

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I'm going to call it Anthozoa Cantus.

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Get it? Anthozoa is already the word for coral,

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and cantus is a vocal ensemble.

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Does every new species we discover have to be named after you?

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Don't be ridiculous!

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Only the really interesting ones.

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Well, this certainly is interesting.

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But where's the sound coming from?

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We need to take a closer look.

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How? None of us could fit more than a hand in there.

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One of us can fit.

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Ant, your head is huge. You can't fit.

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My head is a perfectly acceptable size!

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But I'm not talking about me.

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Let's get back to the Aronnax and set up the fish cam.

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I'd suggest you hurry back, Ant.

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-Why? What's wrong?

-The machine is making another track.

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And the next pass is directly in line with the organism.

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This is it, Jeffrey. Your time to be a hero.

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I got your message.

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You want me to stop operations because of coral.

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Communicating coral!

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Anthozoa Cantus.

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Though nobody likes that name yet.

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It's a scientific miracle.

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Coral. That talks.

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It's definitely making sound.

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Sound is not communication.

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Do you have any proof that it's aware?

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-I may have an idea.

-We'll get you proof.

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But, please, the coral is in the direct path of your machine.

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You have to stop it.

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The cost of this operation is astronomical.

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I can't shut down because maybe coral is making noises.

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You get me cold, hard proof.

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We don't have much time.

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Ant, take Jeffrey and the fish cam out there

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and find out how it's making that noise.

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This is your idea?

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Starting a band?

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The Bloop varies in pitch, volume and tone.

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What does that seem like?

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Music!

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I'm going to play my own version of the Bloop

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through the Aronnax's external speakers.

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If the coral responds...

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Then it's trying to communicate!

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And that proves it's sentient.

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Let's hope it likes my music.

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Yeah!

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I mean, statistically, someone has to, right?

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MUSIC PLAYS

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Maybe a different key?

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Go in. In! Explore everywhere!

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Good move.

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Set yourself up. Get in the zone.

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Ant? Is Jeffrey in place?

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Uh... He's getting in the zone.

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We don't have time.

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The machine is already coming towards us

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and will eventually lead to the coral.

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Let's slow it down.

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-What?

-How?

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Come on, Jeffrey.

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I have faith in you.

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Yes! Thattaboy!

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-Ready?

-Let's do this.

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It's working. Keep it up. We're slowing it down.

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Look out!

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Who-o-o-oa!

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What's happening? Our machine's readouts just went haywire!

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Your machine ate something it shouldn't.

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But we're close. Just give us more time.

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Ant, do you have it?

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Jeffrey's inside, but the coral isn't singing.

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We have to make it sing!

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See? The sound is coming from there.

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Somehow, it forces the water through tiny tubes.

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And different-sized tubes make different notes, like a flute.

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You're talking! You're really talking!

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You did it, Fontaine!

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Something actually appreciates your musical ability.

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-What is that?

-That's the proof you were after.

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Turn off your machine.

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-What?

-Let's not forget,

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what we call coral is millions of organisms

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operating as a single colony.

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Millions of organisms making music together.

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Incredible. I've never seen anything like it.

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And you won't see it again, unless you turn off your machine.

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I, uh... Yeah, yeah.

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Yes. Of course.

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Power it down! Now!

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What?

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-How?

-What's happening?

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My engineers are saying there was

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some sort of explosion inside the machine.

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The Rover arm!

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We've lost remote control!

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We can't power the machine down.

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We can't stop it!

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I can't hold this much longer.

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Tell me you've found a way to change its course, Professor.

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I don't think we can change its course.

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We have to turn it off.

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How?

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An EMP.

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-What?

-An electromagnetic pulse.

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A burst of energy that nullifies any electrical device.

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Where are we going to get an EMP?

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Oh, I always have one on me.

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Uh... Why?

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I'm an inventor.

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I created my first EMP right after I accidentally created my first

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rebellious toaster.

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If the EMP is our only option, then we have to take it.

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Do it. We'll deal with the consequences at this end.

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OK, Ant, the EMP will need to go on the front panel.

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So, just above the giant spinning blades of death?

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Yes! Um...

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Try to avoid those.

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-It's on.

-OK.

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I can activate the EMP remotely,

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but get well clear of it or it'll knock out your communication.

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I'm...losing it.

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Whoa! Argh!

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Do it now, Fiction!

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I just have to figure out how much power to give the EMP.

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Give it everything! OK, I'll take it all the way to 11.

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It goes to 11?

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-Why not ten?

-Huh.

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I've never been great with numbers.

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Oh, that's reassuring.

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Firing in three...

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two... five.

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-Fiction!

-Hee-hee!

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One! Oh!

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There's something I forgot to mention.

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Yes! Professor! It worked!

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Oh, it worked on Mom and Dad, too.

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Yes. That's the bit I forgot.

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Mom's OK. Checking on Dad.

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Ha-ha-ha! Ha-ha-ha!

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So, I guess we did it.

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No!

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-Impossible!

-What's happening?

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-I don't know.

-The backup power.

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What backup power?

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It was a last-minute addition.

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And you didn't think to mention this earlier?

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I'm the project manager, not an engineer.

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So, all we've succeeded in doing is knocking out Mom and Dad?

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Where is this backup power?

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It's in the very centre of the machine.

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I'm sending you the latest schematics.

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Hm. Hmm. Huh.

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Oh! There!

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We have to get inside the machine and uncouple it manually.

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And it's impenetrable.

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So... What? That's it?

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We sit back and let the machine destroy this creature?

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-HUMMING

-Can you hear that?

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-What do we do?

-I'm coming, Ant.

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I'll bring power packs for the Rover and the Drone Knight.

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We will get back in this fight.

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The machine is unstoppable.

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So are we. Use that giant brain of yours, Professor.

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There has to be something.

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There is something. Something missing.

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There are no schematics for the bottom of the mining machine.

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Ant! I have a mission for your fish.

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There might be a way to override the backup power

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from underneath the machine. I need Jeffrey to find out.

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Jeffrey, you're a hero, and you're needed once again.

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Go under.

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Get it?

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Under.

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Ant, is it working?

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Uh, he's getting in the zone.

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-Where'd he go?

-He's under the machine!

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-I'm getting pictures.

-Yes!

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There! There's an opening, but it's small.

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Well, I'm small. Do you think I'd fit?

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Hmm. Maybe.

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It's two-thirds of the way from the front.

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You sure about this, Ant?

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Absolutely. I'm the only who'll fit, and if I don't do this,

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the reef will be destroyed.

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I'll get Mom and Dad back in the game.

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We'll do everything we can to buy you time.

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-What's happening?

-The machine is about to hit the coral.

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Ant is inside it. He's trying to uncouple the backup power.

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-What?

-Come on, we have to help him!

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Pull the machine back.

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Fiction, which way?

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Turn right. You're looking for a hatch.

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-It's a dead end!

-Your other right.

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Right. I knew that.

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Quickly!

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HUMMING

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That sound.

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I think the reef just sent out a warning.

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It knows the machine will crush it.

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It's saving the ecosystem.

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-I got the panel off!

-Great!

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Now just reach in and disconnect the power coupling.

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I can't reach it. I can't fit inside!

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Fontaine was right. My head is too big.

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You tried, Ant. Get out of there.

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No.

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My head will fit, just not with the re-breather mask.

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Ant, do not take off your mask!

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Remember what I said about listening to instructions.

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Yes. But I also remember what you said

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about some things being irreplaceable.

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HE INHALES

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Ant!

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Huh?

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Ant did it!

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He cut the power to the machine.

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Yeah, ha-ha!

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Ant, do you read?

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Ant!

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Fontaine! Can you fit under the machine?

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Not in my Knight.

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Jeffrey? Where's Ant?

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Ant? Ant!

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Oh, hey, guys.

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-ALL:

-Ant!

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How did you get out?

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There was a hatch on the other side.

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THEY LAUGH

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Ant, your head may be abnormally large, but you use it well.

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In a week, we'll have a marine reserve in place here,

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totally protected.

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Don't worry. We'll be moving into another mining zone.

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You don't sound too unhappy, Mr Alba.

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Well, I'm now the man whose machine

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didn't swallow one of the rarest life forms on Earth,

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so, uh, yeah, I'm happy about that.

0:19:460:19:49

I expect you'll do a far more thorough

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investigation of your next site?

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Because if anything else is threatened by your mining,

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we will be there.

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Oh, I wouldn't have it any other way.

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HUMMING

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I think the reef wants to say thank you.

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REEF HUMS

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Is that a happy Bloop?

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From a purely scientific perspective,

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I'd say that is a very happy Bloop.

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I don't care what it was -

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how many people get to duet with a coral reef?

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Give it a try.

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REEF HUMS

0:20:240:20:26

Hey! It replied! We could form a band.

0:20:260:20:29

No. No, you couldn't.

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The Nektons are trying to identify a unique life form. They've never seen it, they've only heard its sound: 'Bloop'. Just as Ant discovers its true nature, a huge underwater mining machine threatens to destroy it!


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