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# For a long time, Monterey beach authorities have had an active feeding

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For a long time, Monterey beach authorities have had an active feeding program for the otters of Monterey bay. Many otters get as much as half of their daily food requirement each day from the fish and other nourishments that the beach authorities provide. However, the life expectancy of Monterey bay otters has become considerably less than that of wild otters.

Which of the following, if true, most helps to explain this discrepancy?

(A) The fish and nourishments provided by Monterey beach authorities have not been tested by a central animal health authority.
(B) There has been an increase in recent years in the number of sharks in and around Monterey bay.
(C) The survival instincts and skills of Monterey bay otters have decreased as a result of their dependence on human feeding.
(D) Monterey bay otters have become overly friendly with humans because of their interaction with the beach authorities.
(E) The fish given to the otters at the beach are the same types of fish that otters typically catch in the wild.

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C is the correct since due to human dependence the survival instincts have been decreased and thus they are reduced in number.

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11 Oct 2018, 07:29
+1 for C
option C explains the paradox stated in the argument.
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12 Oct 2018, 06:48

Official Explanation:

(A) Just because the food has not yet been tested, it does not necessarily mean that the food does not meet the health requirements
(B) Do sharks feed on otters? The information is insufficient.
(C) The discrepancy here is that Monterey bay otters have a lower life expectancy than that of wild otters despite being fed by beach authorities. The explanation lies in the change in behavior of the otters that are fed by the program. Only option C gives this perspective. If the otters have lost their survival skills, their life expectancy would also drop.
(D) So what? Has this friendliness led to any adverse effects? The information is insufficient.
(E) This strengthens the paradox and doesn’t help explain it.
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