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Boink! Manny Manatee smacked his head. 

“Watch where you’re going, Manatee,” Sea Turtle said. “You swam right into me.”

“How can I watch where I’m going?” Manny complained. “I can’t see a thing in this dirty water.”

“Well maybe you should open your eyes, sea cow,” Turtle snapped. 

“What are you boys fighting about?” asked Grandma Dolphin, who had been swimming by.

“Manatee swam into me,” Turtle complained. 

“It was an accident,” Manny said. “I didn’t see him.”

“I’m not surprised,” said Grandma Dolphin. “I can hardly see my own flippers. Why is it so murky around here?”

“It’s from the Deep River,” said Sapper, swimming out of a cave in the reef. “That river gets dirtier every day.”

‘It’s a disaster!” Stone Crab shouted from atop a rock. “The mud is killing the coral.”

Sea Turtle said, “Even the sea grass tastes mucky.”

“Where is all the dirt coming from?” asked Grandma Dolphin. 

Turtle looked at Crab, who looked at Snapper, who looked back at Crab. “It’s a mystery,” Crab said.

“Well, maybe someone should solve it,” said Grandma Dolphin. “One of you boys should swim up that river and find out what the problem is.” 

Crab looked at Snapper, who looked at Turtle, who looked at Manny Manatee.

“I’ll do it,” said Manny.

“Good boy!” said Grandma Dolphin. “Come back and tell us what you find.”



R - Who did Manny bump into at the beginning of the story?

I - Manny said that he would go, what does this tell us about Manny?

- Why do you think the author used alliteration for the main characters name?