The Amazing Race

Lindsey S., Hunter B., Paulina D., and Emma G

July 22, 1996

Today was a rough day for the whole group. Last night, we ate at what we thought was a high quality, wonderful restaurant, but let me tell you: it was much better going down then it was coming up. The whole group got sick, except for Emma, who did not eat the meat from the restaurant that everyone else did. Poor Emma, she had to stay in the hotel while all of us meat eaters were puking up our guts. We think that this sickness was caused by food poisining because of the symptoms. The symptoms of food poinsoning are: nausea, vommiting, dry mouth, and diarrhea, which all of us meat eaters definitely experienced. Hopefully tomorrow we are feeling much better, because I've heard food poisoning can last for days on end!

Until tomorrow,

The Green Group

Vaccination

On our trip we had to get vaccinations to prevent sickness. We got vaccinations for hepatitis A and B, rabies, typhoid, and malaria. These vaccines came in handy when protecting us from disease. Unfortunately a few of us still got food poisoning. The food poisoning affected our homeostasis with lots of vomiting in order to get harmful acid out of the body.

Egyptian Cobra (Morocco)

Scientific name: Najehaje legionis (reptile)

3 Characteristics: the cobra has a neuro toxic venom that can kill anything that it comes by. It has adapted this characteristic so it can neutralize prey and it makes a name for itself so predators know not to eat it. The second characteristic of the cobra is the notorious "hood" that expands when the snake is threatened and scares prey. The third characteristic is its color and patterns that help humans distinguish them from other snakes. The snakes reproduce through sexual reproduction and the female lays eggs when it is fertilized by a male. The snake has its place in the ecosystem as a predator. This snake helps to balance out the amount of prey in the ecosystem and provides competition for other animals which is what keeps an ecosystem thriving.

Monotreme (Australia)

Scientific name: Monotremata (mammal)


Adaptations: The three characteristics are they have hair on their bodies, they produce milk through mammary glands to feed their young, to keep away a predator they have spiked hair which scares the predator because they don't want to get hurt. The monotreme reproduce sexually and lay eggs when its fertilized by the male monotreme. The monotreme is a prey in its ecosystem which means he is wanted by many of other animals in its ecosystem, but the monotreme keeps a balance in the ecosystem by eating and getting eaten so the other animals get the nutrients.


Blue Footed Booby (Galapagos)

Scientific name: Sula nebouxii

The blue footed booby is a fish eating bird that lives on all of the Galapagos islands. Some characteristics of the bird and that it has bright blue feet to attract mates to have eggs with. The blue footed booby used to make nests to have its eggs but has evolved to just lay them on the beach. The Blue footed booby also has webbed feet to help it move in the water easy and it has a long beak to help it catch fish along the shore. It has a role in the ecosystem to control population of fish as a predator. This animal reproduces sexually with one male and one female and produces eggs.