The Amazing Race

  • Pre Travel Sickness

    Pre Travel Sickness
    We got vaccines for Hepatitis A and Polio. The one vaccine we didn't get was Typhoid because we figured we'd be careful about what we eat and drink. But, unfortunately, we managed to catch Typhoid fever by eating some meat at a restaurant that apparently wasn't completely cooked. The bacteria in our bodies caused our temperatures to rise. We figured out that we were sick when we came down with heavy fevers. We were told to drink a lot of orange juice and just rest.
  • Morocco

    Common Chamaeleon
    Class: Reptilia
    Chamaeleo chamaeleon
    3 Adaptations: special 4 toed feet that help grip onto branches, skin that changes color to camouflage into their surroundings, and eyes that can rotate indepentently to each other
    how it reproduces: sexually, lays eggs
    Chameleons keep the bug population under control.
  • Bora Bora

    Bora Bora
    Humphead Parrotfish
    Class: Actinopterygii
    Scientific Name: Bolbometopon muricatum
    3 Adaptations: They use seaweed beds to protect them, can make a mucous bubble around itself that hides it's scent from predators, and have a greenish-blue color to help blend into its' surroundings
    Females spawn their eggs under rocks for the males to fertilize.
    Parrotfish are important becausee they crunch on rocks and can make 200 pounds of sand a year. Parrotfish also keep the algae under control.
  • China

    Black Carp
    Class: Actinopterygii
    Mylopharyngodon piceus
    3 Adaptations: Gills allow it to breathe under water, is very small to fit into cracks and small spaces, and lays its' eggs under the sand to protect them fom other fish
    how it reproduces: Spawning (female releases eggs to be fertilized by the male)
    why it's important: Black Carp are a part of the "four famous domestic fishes" used in polyculture in China for thousands of years.
  • Australia

    Class: Mammalia
    Phascolarctos cinereus
    3 Adaptations: They eat only eucalyptus leaves. Koalas have a unique spread of their fingers which helps them grip onto branches. Their feet are spread to help them eat and sleep in the tree.
    how it reproduces: They reproduce sexually and give birth early. Their forelimbs, nostrils, and mouth are well developed before everything else so they can find the pouch.
    Koalas keep he eucalyptus population under control and are eaten by dingos.
  • Galapagos Islands

    Galapagos Islands
    Vampire Finch
    Class: Aves
    Scientific Name: Geospiza difficilis septentrionalis
    3 Adaptations: it's hard, sharp beak to puncture the skin of Masked Boobies, sucking their blood. They use rocks to crack birds' eggs on, and when fresh water runs out they started usin blood as a substitute.
    Vampire reproduce sexually and lay eggs.
    Vampire Finches keep the Boobie population under control by stealing their eggs as food.
  • Brazil

    Brazilian Gold Frog
    Class: Amphibia
    Scientific Name: Brachycephalus didactylus
    3 Adaptations: Are poisonous so that they don't get eaten, they are very small and fast, and can see very well at night.
    Gold Frogs reproduce by Spawning. Females spawn their eggs into ponds or water so that the males can fertilize them.
    The Brazilian Gold Frog keeps the insect population under control and are a food source for birds and snakes.