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In Search of the Wild Platypus


by: Madeline

In Eungella we stayed overnight at the Broken River Resort. The Broken River area is one of the best places in the world to see wild platypuses. Platypuses are monotremes; this means they are mammals which lay eggs. Another monotreme is the echidna. After checking-in to the resort we went off in search of the platypuses. When we got to a platform overlooking the river, we waited for them to come. We waited, and waited, and waited, until finally after about an hour of waiting we saw a brown blob in the water. It was hard to tell if it was just another turtle or lizard. As it came closer we realized that it was not just a brown blob, nor was it a turtle, it was a platypus. Suddenly the platypus dived down into the murky water and after a few minutes it resurfaced. For an hour or so, until it got too dark to really see anything, we watched the platypus dive over and over again. On the way back to the resort we saw a few more platypuses hunting for food in the river under a bridge. It was very interesting to observe the platypuses in their natural environment.



After watching the platypuses, we went to eat dinner. Just outside the resort dining room a platform is set up where the chef feeds the local possums with fresh fruits. The possum that came that night had only one eye. After eating dinner we went to sleep and in the morning we drove off to Gladstone to prepare for our visit to Heron Island. All in all our short stay in the Broken River area really was nice.



Posted by RTMM 22:35 Archived in Australia

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