So, some of the things we have, see below:
The good thing about identifying species is that at the moment it is something everyone is equally bad at. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been studying marine biology for 6 years, its still unlikely you’ve seen this particular species before, so I’m not so far behind.. at least in this. Although I’m not sure about my ability to memorise the names of the creatures, in latin, I can barely pronounce them let alone spell them. So it's going to be an interesting few weeks. That said, some of the creatures we have been seeing are incredibly amazing.
Oh! So the goss of lunch time is that apparently we were fed whale for dinner last night, and no one knew! Not everyone is particularly happy about this fact. We are after all a cruise of mostly marine biologists (with me the pretend biologist who’s really a geographer/aspiring science communicator, shhhhh!), and most people have got into it because they have a thing for pretty sea creatures. But hey, when in Rome.
And we have another day of it tomorrow, then we’re off and rotated into another group to start trying to identify new things all together.
It's awesome to actually be learning new things, hands on, so much of my time at University has been spent filling time with fluff, but there's no doubt about it, this is real. The people teaching us know their stuff, and there's no wriggle room for "I don't know".