The Platypus is surely one this continents most extraordinary animals. It swims, spends a great deal of its time underwater feeding, is furred, lays eggs, has a bill like a duck and suckles its young! In fact the first specimens to arrive in London were instantly dismissed as fraudulent!
Yet the platypus survives and can be found in Mission Beach, albeit rarely.
The animals eat freshwater creatures and prefer deep slow moving pools for their habitat and perhaps this is why they aren’t easily found here as many of our smaller creeks dry up entirely in the winter months.
Look for platypus wherever permanent fresh water occurs and deep pools occur. The periods of highest activity are dawn and dusk and these are also the times when this exceptional aquatic mammal may be sighted.