Mistaken sighting of non-existent Pacific island traced back to 1876 | Pacific Beat

Mistaken sighting of non-existent Pacific island traced back to 1876

Mistaken sighting of non-existent Pacific island traced back to 1876

Updated 3 December 2012, 9:55 AEDT

Some of you may remember a story we reported on not too long ago, which might have been called 'The Case of the Disappearing Island.

A group of Australian researchers had headed out into the Pacific to research a place called 'Sandy Island' - only to find it didn't actually exist.

The island has appeared on maps for over a hundred years, including the ultra-modern Google Earth.

The whole case seemed like a bit of a mystery, until now.

A researcher from the Auckland Museum, Shaun Higgins, says he has discovered the source of the original error, which dates back to a whaling ship in 1876.

Presenter: Geraldine Coutts

Speaker: Shaun Higgins, a pictorial librarian, Auckland Museum

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