Story: Canoe navigation

Gannet colony at Cape Kidnappers

Gannet colony at Cape Kidnappers

If navigators knew what to look for, the sea was full of clues when land was nearby. Seabirds such as gannets, petrels, frigate birds and terns roost on land at night and feed at sea by day, and so are indicators of land. The sight of these birds on long voyages must have been cause for jubilation.

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Rāwiri Taonui, 'Canoe navigation - Locating land', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 May 2024)

Story by Rāwiri Taonui, published 8 Feb 2005