Island Cruise Quiz

16 Aug

Circa August 16, 1946, the Zaca was in the waters surrounding this island. What island is it?

Two new names came into the world and history of Errol because of Zaca’s trip to this island. What were those two names??

10PM EST – Clue No. 2 – A VERY BIG CLUE:

A Half Hour Past Midnight EST or so:

Monday, August 17, ~ 6PM EST:

Here’s a couple more Cruise Clues. Though physically very small, they are very big quiz clues – even bigger quiz-wise than the elephant seal and fur sea lion above:

Tuesday, August 18 – 10:30AM:

Wednesday – August 19 – ~ 3:10 AM:

The island is infamous for its huge and destructive goats. Here is an old photo of a couple:

— Tim


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  1. barb

    August 18, 2020 at 2:07 am

    Tim, I’m going from memory here, as I loaned my copy of Wicked Wicked Ways to a friend. But didn’t Errol say in his book that, during the Zaca cruise, his father made two discoveries that he named after Errol and someone else? From your photos, would those be some type of fish? No idea what the elephant seal and fur sea lion are relevant

    • Gentleman Tim

      August 18, 2020 at 2:32 am

      Excellent, barb. Wicked good memory! Sources conflict on whether it was Professor Carl Hubbs of Scripps Institute or Professor Flynn who named two tide pool blennies after Errol and Nora. From my reading of Scripps records, I believe it was Professor Hubbs who discovered, and named, the new species of “brightly colored” tide pool blennies in question.

      “Of the new species of tide pool blennies, Hubbs had selected two brightly colored ones from __________ Island to be called __________ ______ and ___________ _____.”

      Regarding the elephant seal and fur seal* above, they are clues to the name of the island, but not clues to the names of the fish.

      *Earlier, I mistakenly said ‘fur sea lion’, rather than the correct ‘fur seal’. My apologies.

      • Claudia

        August 19, 2020 at 6:56 am

        If my memory serves me right (and many times it doesn‘t), it was Guadalupe Island where these discoveries were made, Tim. One of the blennies was named after Errol, of course, and one after Nora. And wasn‘t there even a third species named after the Zaca?
        I really have to watch the Cruise of the Zaca again!

        • Gentleman Tim

          August 19, 2020 at 7:58 am

          Felicidades, Claudia! Guadalupe Island it is! The westernmost point in Latin America. It’s vegetation has been eaten away since the 1800s by infamously large and destructive goats, but its sea life is unique and bountiful – which is what drew Errol’s Zaca scientific exploration in ’46.

          Scripps Institute records indicate that Dr. (Carl) Hubbs discovered a number of new species of tidepool blennies, one of which he named after Errol (Gibbonsia erroli) and another after Nora (Gibbonsia norae)*

          You and barb are quite a team of quiz champs!!

          * Thanks for jarring my memory about the species named after Zaca! I forgot that and will need to find that name.

          • Gentleman Tim

            August 19, 2020 at 11:10 am

            According to renowned marine biologist and teuthologist (giant squid expert), Frederick Aldrich, pictured below on our left, the “Cruise of the Zaca” resulted in the “taking” of:

            “no fewer than fifty new or unusual species of fish” were discovered, including “new herrings of the genus Gibbsonia … ”

            These “new taxa” were “patronymically” named as

            “G. Errolae” “G. Norae” and “G. Zacae”


          • Claudia

            August 19, 2020 at 12:26 pm

            Muchas gracias, Tim – it‘s always fun to do your quizzes!
            And thanks for the additional info. It was the Gibbonsia that had escaped my memory but thankfully we have you to provide this kind of trivia!

            • barb

              August 19, 2020 at 5:11 pm

              Congrats to you both .. well done!