River

Platypus sighting at Jordan’s Bend

Wednesday 12 December, 2007
The Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (GB CMA) has sighted a platypus at Jordan's Bend recently.

The Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (GB CMA) has sighted a platypus at Jordan's Bend recently.

GB CMA Ecologist Mr Keith Ward said that the Platypus is attracted to clean, slow flowing water so it is a good sign that the Goulburn River is in reasonable condition.

The GB CMA is currently working on improving river habitat and water quality which is the key to ensuring that the species will always remain in our local area.

"A small number of these unique animals have existed downstream to as far as Echuca, though sightings are often uncommon," said Mr Ward.

Unfortunately, discarded fishing line and illegal yabbie traps and drum nets remain a major threat to the Platypus survival.

Even rubbish washing into the river from urban stormwater drains can provide a threat, so everyone can play their part in ensuring that the Platypus habitat remains a healthy one.

"Anyone keen to sight a Platypus should visit a quiet location on the river at dusk or dawn, and simply sit still and watch the water surface for movement," said Mr Ward.

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