The Amazing Race Trail Book

Nathan B. Kevin S. Luis N. Stephen S.

Pre-Travel

Our Interesting Story

So, today we got food poisoned. It was the worst thing in the world. We have never felt that sick in our entire lives. We should have never eaten at carnival. We don’t even know what we got poisoned from because we ate so much! I guess we should have watched what we ate before consuming it. We didn't expect to get so sick because we took a lot of vaccines before traveling. Some of the vaccines that we took for our trip for Brazil is Hepatitis A and B, Typhoid, Yellow Fever and Rabies. The only virus I could think of that could have contaminated our food was Typhoid. This is a virus that spreads through water and contaminates anything it touches. So the lesson that we learned is watch what you eat, and never eat at that place again.

China

Story

Our First leg location of the Amazing race has landed us here in the great country of China. We did many things while we were here but mostly we looked at the great fish of china. One in particular the Goldfish. Here in China we learned how fish respire and what their organs and structures are like. Overall this is one of the most interesting adventures in the whole race. We hope you enjoy the information we provided about the Goldfish below.

Fish

Carassius auratus

The Goldfish had a caudal fin on the top which allows the fish to swim quicker away from predators. They are also very small fish and are able to hide in coral reefs in order to stay away from predators. Goldfish’s structure also allows it to pump water from one opening to another instead of pumping water in and out of and organ. They do not use energy in order to excrete water from the structure. Goldfish reproduce by hundreds of eggs and is important by feeding on plants and algae keeping them from overpopulating and dominating the ocean floor.

Bora Bora

Story

Today in Bora Bora we went deep sea diving 20 miles out from land. We swam down to the coral reefs and studied all of the beautiful fish and sea life in the ocean. There were many fish and we could see the gills and structures of all different kinds of fish. Also how some fish are built to help them capture and eat their prey. The Great Barracuda was the main one that we spotted.

Fish

Sphyraena barracuda

3 Adaptations that help them survive

  • Torpedo shaped body to help them swim through the water at high speeds.

  • Long sharp teeth to be able to tear food apart and chew tough meat.

  • Double emarginate (notched) tail fin for control when swimming through the water at high speeds.

Post mating, the females reproduce about 5000- 30,000 eggs. The female’s lay eggs and allow it to drift in water. Then the males fertilize them and they hatch at hide in the rocks till they grow.

They help the ecosystem by helping regulate the small fish populations and they also protect the natural and artificial coral reefs. If you take them out you will extremely hurt the ecosystem along with the food web and chain.

Brazil

Story

Today we went to Brazil and we saw the Poison Dart frog,we also learned about it’s species and what family it belongs to. Brazil is a tropical area with lots of jungles,animal life,and lots of places to see for tourists. We had so much fun learning about the animals and seeing them was also a very exciting adventure.We can’t wait to go back again.

Reptile

Dendrobatidae

Some adaptations that it has is , The bent legs,bent front limbs helps the frog jump from place to place,and the sticky feet helps the frog stick to objects. The frog have sexual reproduction and then they lay eggs to have babies. Frogs are important to its environment because they eat flies and without frogs,the fly population would overpopulate.


Morocco

Story

Today we came on a long flight from Brazil and notice how desert like Morocco is. Morocco is a very dry and humid area. This is also a perfect place to find reptiles sunbathing in the sun to warm their body temperatures up and cool them down at night. Reptiles are cold blooded and have scales for protection. We saw many different types of reptiles in Morocco such as snakes, lizards, and turtles.

Reptile

Saurodactylus fasciatus

Some of the animals adaptations are:

  • Adhesive feet to help the gecko stick to objects while climbing.

  • It’s skin help it glide through the water.

  • It has a long tongue to eat insects.


The gecko reproduces by laying eggs after having sexual reproduction.This gecko can lay 1 or 2 eggs at a time and can lay 3 clutches of eggs in one year.

This animal is important to it’s environment because it helps keep insect population from overpopulation and if the gecko’s have to, then they would eat other gecko’s in some species.



Galapagos Islands

Story

Guess where we are, that is right we are at the Galapagos. Here we learned about the how different species of birds have adapted beaks according to what they eat and their diet. Some had short beaks that were meant for eating and opening seed that are found on the ground. Some beaks were meant for tearing flesh from a small animal like a rat. There is also long-scoop like beaks that are used to capture and eat fish. We enjoyed the beautiful scenery of Galapagos and how many different kinds of birds were flying around us.


Bird

Ardea alba

This is a Great Egret, this bird lives in a water based area where there is an abundance of fish and food for it to eat. Great Egrets have long legs and spread out feet in order to run and be able to walk on the sand near and in the shallow water. It also has large wings that can help a Great egret travel at a great distance and speeds to catch its prey. The most significant part of the Great Egret is its long pointed beak which helps it eat the fish and other small sea creatures in shallow waters. Like any bird the Great egret lays eggs and is important to the ecosystem by keeping the fish population from overpopulating.

Australia

Story

Today in Australia we drove through the dry desert in search for Kangaroos and marsupials. Australia has a wide range of land and room for kangaroos to wonder. We saw many of them hopping and carrying their young in their pouch. The kangaroos use their hind legs which gave them incredible speed in the wide ranges in Australia.

Marsupial

Macropus giganteus

3 Adaptations

  • Big feet to be able to hop away from predators.

  • Pouch so I can raise its young safely.

  • Size so it can travel long distances in tight areas.

They reproduce sexually and the female is basically pregnant year round they can freeze the birth till the baby Joey leaves the pouch. One of the most interesting mammal. Why is it important: It is important because it is a big part of the food chain! If the kangaroo was pulled out of the environment there would be such a drastic hurt to the food chain. It also helps keep the grass levels to a nice height and uses it for a food source also regulating its growth.

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