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The Cruises of the “Valhalla”1

Nature volume 78, page 32 (14 May 1908) | Download Citation



IN taking with him as collector on the Valhalla a young naturalist and presenting the specimens obtained to the British Museum, Lord Crawford has ooset an excellent example to all yacht-owners who, from considerations of health (as in his Lordship's own case) or pleasure, enjoy the opportunity of cruising leisurely among islands of which the natural history is still imperfectly known. Not only does the systematic collecting of natural history specimens add largely, if undertaken in an appreciative spirit, to the interest and pleasure of such a cruise, but it may, as in the present instance, add very appreciably to zoological knowledge. For during two of the Valhalla's cruises, described in the present volume, no fewer than eleven birds were obtained, which in the opinion of the British Museum experts are entitled to rank as new species.

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