An important breeding ground for sea birds and marine turtles
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Now an uninhabited atoll 100 kilometres south east of Aitutaki, Manuae was the first island in the group that Captain James Cook sighted from the Endeavour, on 23rd September 1773. He gave it the name Hervey Island in honour of Augutus Hervery, 3rd Earl of Bristol and Lord of the British Admiralty. For a time, the name Hervey Islands was applied to the entire southern group, before being renamed the Cook Islands by the Russian cartographer von Krusenstern.

The island is now a marine sanctuary, and an important breeding ground for sea birds and marine turtles. Period research expeditions are made from Rarotonga for diving and filming, and occasional fishing trips are made from Aitutaki.

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