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The Yangtze river dolphin

From: 11/10/1989

Douglas recalls communication breakdown whilst looking for the now-extinct Yangtze river dolphin in China.

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Douglas Adams

Douglas Adams (11 March 1952 - 11 May 2001) is best known as the author of the five books in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series, selling more than 15 million copies during his lifetime. Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy also appeared as a radio series, television series, comic book series, a computer game, and a feature film.

In addition to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams wrote for Doctor Who and served as Script Editor during the 17th season. 2009 marks the 30th anniversary of his writing of City of Death, arguably one of the most popular Doctor Who episodes. His other written works include the Dirk Gently novels, and he co-wrote The Meaning of Liff with John Lloyd and Last Chance to See together with Mark Carwardine. Douglas also originated the idea for the computer game Starship Titanic.

Though best known as a writer, Douglas Adams was also a noted environmental activist, a self-described 'radical atheist', and a lover of cameras, cars, and the Macintosh computer. Douglas claimed to have owned the first two Macintosh computers sold in the UK.

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Douglas and Mark during the original Last Chance to See journey. Photo by Mark Carwardine

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