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10 January, 1769

 

On 10 January, 1769, James Cook wrote “after standing to the Westward 14 Miles sounded and had 80 fathom black grey sand, 3 Leagues farther 76 fathom coarse black sand… at Noon had 70 fathom black gravel and small Stones of different Colours”.

Joseph Banks wrote “a kind of birds different from any we have before seen, they were black and a little larger than pidgeons, plump like them and easily known by their flapping their wings quick as they fly contrary to the custom of sea birds in general”.
Possibly the common diving petrel (Pelecanoides urinatrix) or Magellanic Diving-Petrel (Pelecanoides magellani).

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