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# The West Indian manatee, a distant relative of the elephant,

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The West Indian manatee, a distant relative of the elephant, returned to the sea some 50 million years ago. These thousand-pound herbivores inhabit the warm coastal waters where Americans like to play. Despite conservation efforts, criminal penalties for harming these creatures, and an overabundance of SAVE THE MANATEE! bumper stickers, none of these animals can be considered safe.

Which of the following, if true, most strongly supports the argument above?
a Last year, several manatees were mysteriously killed by an unidentified toxin.
b All manatees swim at depths that make them vulnerable to the blades of motorboat engines.
c Most tourists are unaware of the ongoing efforts to save the manatee.
d The population of manatees in the wild has dwindled to fewer than 2,500 animals.
e Although dozens of manatee deaths are documented each year, many more deaths go unreported.

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13 Feb 2009, 05:33
My answer is B.

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13 Feb 2009, 06:19
In for B

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13 Feb 2009, 07:34
IMO B.

Manatees are unsafe and no penalties could stop conservation effort because they are vulnerable for their habitat.
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13 Feb 2009, 10:19
agree with B.

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13 Feb 2009, 10:48
Another B

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13 Feb 2009, 22:26
I will go for A.
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13 Feb 2009, 23:08
Can those going with B give the explanation as well?

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13 Feb 2009, 23:40
ritula wrote:
The West Indian manatee, a distant relative of the elephant, returned to the sea some 50 million years ago. These thousand-pound herbivores inhabit the warm coastal waters where Americans like to play. Despite conservation efforts, criminal penalties for harming these creatures, and an overabundance of SAVE THE MANATEE! bumper stickers, none of these animals can be considered safe.

Which of the following, if true, most strongly supports the argument above?
a Last year, several manatees were mysteriously killed by an unidentified toxin.
That's real nice, but we don't know what several equates to (it could be 2, 13, 50). We have no info on the # of manatees
b All manatees swim at depths that make them vulnerable to the blades of motorboat engines.
ALL makes this the correct answer
c Most tourists are unaware of the ongoing efforts to save the manatee.
The awareness level of tourists is not relevant
d The population of manatees in the wild has dwindled to fewer than 2,500 animals.
What was the population before? 3,000? 300,000?
e Although dozens of manatee deaths are documented each year, many more deaths go unreported.

Many more?

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14 Feb 2009, 01:22
ritula wrote:
Can those going with B give the explanation as well?

The West Indian manatee, a distant relative of the elephant, returned to the sea some 50 million years ago. These thousand-pound herbivores inhabit the warm coastal waters where Americans like to play. Despite conservation efforts, criminal penalties for harming these creatures, and an overabundance of SAVE THE MANATEE! bumper stickers, none of these animals can be considered safe.

Which of the following, if true, most strongly supports the argument above?
a Last year, several manatees were mysteriously killed by an unidentified toxin.
b All manatees swim at depths that make them vulnerable to the blades of motorboat engines.
c Most tourists are unaware of the ongoing efforts to save the manatee.
d The population of manatees in the wild has dwindled to fewer than 2,500 animals.
e Although dozens of manatee deaths are documented each year, many more deaths go unreported.

Premise1: MANATEE inhabit the warm coastal waters.
Premise2: Americans like to play in the warm coastal waters.
Premise3: Efforts, penalties and posters to save MANATEE.
Conclusion : MANATEE are not safe.

Now objective is to find a missing link from premises to the Conclusion.
a Last year, several manatees were mysteriously killed by an unidentified toxin.
Doesn't really prove anything. If the toxin are unidentified we are not sure
that it comes from the Americans.
b All manatees swim at depths that make them vulnerable to the blades of motorboat engines.
c Most tourists are unaware of the ongoing efforts to save the manatee.
Even if the tourists are unaware of the going efforts to save MANATEE ( infact even if they
hate MANATE ) doesn't prove that they are killing them.
d The population of manatees in the wild has dwindled to fewer than 2,500 animals.
Not relevant
e Although dozens of manatee deaths are documented each year, many more deaths go unreported.
Not relevant.

Only B in the option could connect Premise2 to the conclusion. It is possible that the PLAY includes
motoring. Also when so many Americans are in the coast, there are many patrol boats. Since
so many Americans are present many fishing boats move around the coast for the Sea Food Resturants. And what not.

Tough I agree that B was my answer by POE.

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14 Feb 2009, 05:44
Hi mates,

I'd go with A, but pretty sure...

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