Whilst exploring the dense forests of the island, the compasses used by Scoffer’s party would occasionally go haywire, needles pointing in all directions, sometimes even spinning. The reason for this strange phenomenon became apparent when some of the
Island’s native goats were captured and kept in a pen. The goats possessed natural magnetic force and when gathered in number, could exert a considerable attraction upon ferrous items.
It has been suggested that they may have utilised the earth’s magnetic field in order to navigate, rather like some migratory birds.