Search for the manateeExclusive: From the 1989 radio series

Photo by Mark Carwardine, Douglas Adams during the making of the original Last Chance to See series

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Animal, vegetable, mineral?

This episode tracks Douglas Adams and Mark Carwardine's search for the Amazonian manatee. First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on 18 October 1989, this is how the programme was billed at the time:

This week our heroes are to be found in the backwaters of the Amazon searching for a creature which cannot make up its mind whether it is animal, vegetable or mineral. On a good day it's been mistaken for a floating aubergine; on a bad day or a mud bank, it conned the Jesuits into believing it was a fish and they ate it on Fridays, but in fact it's a totally harmless, somewhat stupid manatee.

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