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7 November, 1768


On 7 November, 1768, James Cook wrote “Sounded and had 32 fathom water the bottom Coral rocks fine sand and shells… We were by our account and run afterwards 54 Leagues East from the Coast of Brasil”.

Joseph Banks wrote “long ranges of a yellowish colour appeard upon the sea, many of them very large, one (the largest) might be a mile in lengh and 3 or 400 yards wide. The seamen in general affirmd roundly that they were the spawn of fishes and that they had often seen the same appearance before; upon taking up some of the water so coloured we found it to be causd by innumerable small atoms, each pointed at the end and of a yellowish colour, none of them above a quarter of a line in lengh”.


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