Believe it or not guys, we’re not just chilling in Jamaica, snorkeling and diving every chance we get. There’s some serious work that we need to do, and the days are counting down until we have to regurgitate all the common species of fish, invertebrates, and algae that live in the lovely bay in our backyard. Presented with the daunting task of memorizing and recognizing 76 different organisms with complex latin naming, some of us have to get creative in the limited time we have. A small late night study session after a long day of physical activities maybe wasn’t the best idea for Andrew, Gabriel, and I, but you’d be surprised at how well you can make mnemonics when you’re lacking sleep! Some of our best ones include scorpion plumâ (Scorpionfish, Scorpaena plumieri), my Richs broceps (Sharptail eel, Myrichthys breviceps), and a can thirst Bahamas (Ocean surgeonfish, Acanthurus bahianus). Definitely having fun in all aspects of our trip here!
PS: I would like to note that I was able to produce those common and scientific names on the spot. Progress!