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    About 270 such dolphins are known to inhabit the waters.

    Hello.

    The Yomiuri Shimbun




    Divers swim with dolphins in waters off Mikurajima island--one of the Izu Islands of Tokyo--on Friday afternoon. Dolphin-watching tours have become a popular attraction among visitors to the island, which is one of the largest habitats for Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins. About 270 such dolphins are known to inhabit the waters.
    (Aug. 17, 2009)

    "About 270 such dolphins are known to inhabit the waters."
    Can I say "It is known that about 270 such dolphins inhabit the waters" instead?

    Thank you.


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    Re: About 270 such dolphins are known to inhabit the waters.

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    Hello.

    The Yomiuri Shimbun




    Divers swim with dolphins in waters off Mikurajima island--one of the Izu Islands of Tokyo--on Friday afternoon. Dolphin-watching tours have become a popular attraction among visitors to the island, which is one of the largest habitats for Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins. About 270 such dolphins are known to inhabit the waters.
    (Aug. 17, 2009)

    "About 270 such dolphins are known to inhabit the waters."
    Can I say "It is known that about 270 such dolphins inhabit the waters" instead?

    Thank you.
    You could say it that way, but I think the original way is better.

    Considering the structure you're asking about, I think these are similar and good alternatives.

    It is a fact that about 270 such dolphins inhabit the waters.
    It is estimated that 270 such dolphins inhabit the waters.
    It is true that about 270 such dolphins inhabit the waters.

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