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"È fantastico!" I thought, whilst pretending to be a deep-sea action-girl.  

Every now and then, I spotted an interesting shell lying on the sea bed.

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Il mare è bellissimo!

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Che bella conchiglia!

But where were all the fish?  

"Dove sono i pesci?"  I asked myself.  

This seemed very strange.  
"Molto strano!"   Shouldn't the sea be full of fish?

Some underwater investigating was required!  


"Uno, due, tre!"  I dived down a few metres and looked around.  There was not even one fish!  All that I could see was white sand, rocks, sea-weed and a jellyfish.   We call a jellyfish 'una medusa' in Italian.  

It was time for a snack -
una merenda I came out of the water and sat on a rock to eat a sandwich.  



Everyone knows that you should not throw rubbish into the sea.  Well, here is a secret - Ecco un segreto.  I did something naughty:  I secretly threw a big piece of my sandwich - il mio panino - into the sea.


A few moments later, I couldn't believe my eyes! 
Non era possibile!   The floating sandwich was whizzing around like a mini speed boat.  There was splashing all around.   Molto strano!  Very strange!  Sandwiches should NOT move on their own.  What was causing this mysterious event?

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"Let's investigate!"
 

I put on my mask and flippers and jumped back into the water.

The mystery was solved!   Hundreds and thousands of fish were attacking the floating sandwich.   I was totally surrounded by hungry fish!

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It was a worrying situation - Era preoccupante  Would they bite me?  Would they think that I was a giant sandwich? - Un panino gigante?
 


I decided to conduct some experiments!  
Esperimento 1: Would the fish eat from my hand?  
Il risultato:  Sì!  Yes!  When I held a piece of bread, the fish nibbled away until the bread was gone and their little teeth tickled my fingers.

Esperimento 2:  Is there anything that fish do not eat?
Il risultato They eat EVERYTHING.  Mangiano TUTTO.
My big sister threw in some pieces of melon - melone, pasta, pizza, cheese - formaggio and salad - insalataThe fish arrived in thousands.  It was a feast for fish!  No food was ignored.

 

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The water bubbled furiously as the fish jumped around, especially when we threw in the slice of pizza.  It was definitely their favourite food - il loro cibo preferito.  You could even hear a munching sound as they came to the surface to bite off the pieces!  
 

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     Above:  Hungry, Sicilian fish.

Hundreds of seagulls -
gabbiani -arrived too.  They floated on top of the water and pecked each other as they fought for the food.  I was trapped between nibbling fish and pecking birds.   "Aiuto!"   Help!

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The fluffiest seagulls were the young ones.  I felt sorry for them because the older seagulls bullied them and didn't let them have any of the food.

Non mi piacciono i bulli. - I don't like bullies.

A young, fluffy, Sicilian seagull.

When all the food was gone, the fish and the seagulls disappeared.  Once again, the sea became a quiet place with not one fish to be seen.
 


Now that I am back at home -