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Wildlife on One: The Bird That Beat the US Navy


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A series of eight animal films Introduced by David Attenborough
Once, on a tiny coral atoll in the middle of the South Pacific, the US Navy fought - and lost - a battle against birds. They burnt flares, fired bazookas and even blew up the birds with shrapnel bombs. Some died, a few moved off... and more came back to breed again.
It was the gooney birds of Midway Atoll that beat the US Navy.
Now the sailors have not only learnt to live with them, but to love them as well... there are gooney bird badges and T-shirts, gooney parties and gooney golf balls. Gooney mania is a widespread condition and the gooney, the most beautiful Laysan albatross, has become the emblem of the island.
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Preview: page 19


Introduced by: David Attenborough
Film Editor: Ron Martin
Produced and filmed by: Maurice Tibbles

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Wildlife on One: The Bird That Beat the US Navy

BBC One London, 6 January 1977 20.35

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