Friday, September 24, 2010

Summary Practice Follow-up

Using your own words, summarise the information in this paragraph in 50 words.

Moving and feeding in large tight-knit groups is an important survival tactic for some prey animals. In a group, there are many more pairs of eyes to watch out for danger. At the same time, predators find it very difficult to single out an individual for attack when the animals are clustered close together. What’s more, if the group suddenly disperses, a predator may be confused by the sheer number of animals fleeing in all directions. That’s one of the reasons why grazing mammals gather in herds on grasslands, and why many marine fish swim in shoals.

Post your refined response as a comment by Monday 27 September 2010.


  1. Traveling and eating in large compact groups is vital for prey to survive. In a group, there are more animals watching out for predators. Also, the predator will find it harder to pick an individual to attack, and will be confused by the many escaping prey when the herd dispenses. [50 words]

  2. Prey animals move and feed in large packed groups for a few reasons.First, there will more animals to look out for danger.Second, the predator finds difficulty in choosing one, among the large group, to attack. Third, it confuses the predator when all the animals start fleeing in all directions.
    (49 words)

  3. For prey animals, mobility and consumption in cramped herds is vital. Firstly, there is more awareness for danger. Secondly, predators find it hard to focus on a target if they are huddled together. Lastly, if the herd separates, the predator may be bewildered by the large number of animals escaping