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4 October, 1769

 

On 4 October, 1769, James Cook wrote “Sounded twice but found no ground with 120 fathoms of line. saw some rock weed but not in such plenty as of late”.

Joseph Banks wrote “Several small peices of sea weed are seen today but no heaps; weather pleasant, breeze rather of the gentlest. Towards evening we were entertaind by a large shoal of Porpoises... they came up to the ship in prodigious circl[in]g action leaping out of the water sometimes 2 or 3 feet high as nimbly as Bonetos; immediately after them came a number of a larger sort quite black who movd very heavy in the water; both these troops kept their course by the ship without taking much notice of her probably in pursuit of some prey”.

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