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    Re: Traditional Polynesian 'location indicators'
    From: Rodney Myrvaagnes
    Date: 2004 Feb 22, 19:36 -0500

    On Sun, 22 Feb 2004 20:40:33 +1100, Peter Fogg wrote:
    >If many of the methods used by Polynesian navigators make immediate sense to
    >us there may be others that remain baffling. Their oral sailing directions
    >handed down (sometimes as a song - more easily memorized) often included
    >'signposts' to be expected in a specific location, typically a sea creature
    >or bird that appears when needed.
    Only recently has it become possible to attach transmitters to
    migratory birds and sea creatures. Some of them do seem to have regular
    patterns of migration, and that includes, IIRC, some species of Pacific
    Some whale populations now have known migration patterns, including the
    Massachussetts humpback herd and the California grays.
    Do any of these traditional instructions call for specific tme of year?
    Rodney Myrvaagnes                                                              
                          Opinionated old geezer
     "It is, of course, quite true that no great amount of skill is required to 
    navigate a ship most of the time, and
    on those less frequent occasions when a higher level of competence is 
    desirable luck may suffice. If that runs out there is always insurance..." 
    __The late Captain Richard Cahill

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