Sir David Attenborough on James Cook's charts

Did you know James Cook's charts were still used by sailors in the 1950s? Sir David Attenborough remembers sailing in the Great Barrier Reef using a chart that Cook prepared. Hear him describe the unexpected situation Cook and his crew found themselves in while navigating this part of the world.

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