Hyphens: grey mullet

1 - Learning Objective

Learning Objective

We are learning how to use hyphens to avoid ambiguity with word meanings.

Context: grey mullet


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Credit: BBC One - Seven Worlds, One Planet

Clip Description

Mullets are a large family of fish that are widespread in the world’s oceans and seas. They can be distinguished from other fish by their small triangular mouth and two separate (dorsal) fins that are located on their back.

In this fascinating clip, a huge shoal of migrating grey mullet are swimming alongside a long stretch of Florida beach. Surfers, swimmers and sunbathers are seemingly oblivious to the fish, which number in the millions. Why do you think the mullet are swimming so close to one of the Sunshine State’s sandy playgrounds? Watch the clip to find out.

Word Challenge

Can you make a list of words and phrases that describe the moving mass of mullet? Try to include some examples of figurative language in your list.

e.g. an oil slick, a gigantic glitter ball, shimmering confetti, …