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Platypus

Discussion in 'Chewing the fat' started by Old fisho, Dec 14, 2019.

  1. Old fisho

    Old fisho Well-Known Member

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    Tell me-- I'd like to know.
    Has anyone heard of a platypus in salt water?
    When out with Bill a couple of weeks ago, in his boat so he was driving; we passed something in the water that was only a metre from the boat, on my side.
    It was brown, about a foot long and definitely had fur.
    I asked Bill to go back and check it out. He did. We never saw it again.
    No, I had not been sipping sambuca with Diesel the previous night.
    No, I did not have four 'reds' with breakfast.
    No, I did not imagine seeing 'something'.
    It was only four feet from me.
    I see no reason why they could not be in salt water. They don't have gills and breathe air.
    I've never heard of it and wonder if you guys have.
    If it wasn't a platypus, then what was it?.
    Noel
    Still wondering
     
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  2. diesel

    diesel Well-Known Member

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    Possibly a seal pup, after all you are not far from Antarctica down there.

    Jeff
     
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  3. Old fisho

    Old fisho Well-Known Member

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    Nothings impossible in an open mind and mine is open to suggestion.
    However, if a seal pup, it would most likely be a fur seal as that is what we have in these waters.
    All I can read is that male fur seal pups weigh about 12lb and female pups
    around 10lb. That makes them much bigger than the average human baby.
    This thing was only about a foot long, far less than any seal pups I found.
    If it was such a small seal, it would be still fed by the parent.
    I tend to therefore rule out that option, which we had earlier discussed.
    Noel
    Still wondering
     
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  4. diesel

    diesel Well-Known Member

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    Noel, highly unlikely to be a platypus as they need to live in a fresh water habitat to feed. Seeing as you have ruled out a fur seal, my guess would be a rakali - native water rat, known to inhabit lakes, rivers and estuaries both fresh and salt.

    rakali-native-water-rat.jpg
    Jeff
     
  5. Tackleberry

    Tackleberry Well-Known Member

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    This ^^^^
     
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  6. kev209

    kev209 Well-Known Member

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    Hi Tac, I can't open your post
     
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    Rod Bender Well-Known Member

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    Kev, Tac is referring to what diesel said...hence the arrows pointing upwards.
     
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  8. kev209

    kev209 Well-Known Member

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    Thank's Jim
     
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  9. Old fisho

    Old fisho Well-Known Member

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    Nobody's memory or eyesight is beyond a possible inaccuracy.
    Particularly when it's really only a momentary glimpse of something not seen again.
    We are quite familiar with those water rats as there are many in Eucumbene.
    Have had the cunning little sods sneak around behind us while cleaning fish,
    grab one and run like hell. Beautiful things, once nearly hunted into extinction
    for their lovely coloured skins that are yellow/orange on the belly.
    But back to the first sentence.
    My first reaction is that it was too solid in the body to be a rat. It was also at least fifty metres from shore in the middle of the day, which is unusual for a rat. They are generally nocturnal. But it WAS something.
    I was actually in favour of banning opera house yabby nets in that lake as one morning I pulled mine and there was a drowned water rat in one. I felt pretty bad about that and never used them again.
    But that's an aside.
    Noel.
     
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    blair Well-Known Member

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    brown about a foot long definatly had fur, reminds me of a girl I used to know. Could well have been a platypus I have never seen one in the salt may have swam downriver to get away from annoying greenies.
     
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  11. diesel

    diesel Well-Known Member

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    I'm trying to get my mind around an image of that girl you used to know Blair, but the foot long furry bit has stumped my imagination o_O.

    Jeff
     
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  12. kev209

    kev209 Well-Known Member

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    Mine to
     
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  13. blair

    blair Well-Known Member

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    buuullll s--t what do young blokes think of all the time?:eek:
     
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  14. diesel

    diesel Well-Known Member

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    Just a very distant memory for an old fart like me :rolleyes:.
     
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  15. Old fisho

    Old fisho Well-Known Member

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    We wonder
     
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    kev209 Well-Known Member

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    I'm an oldie. but the foot long furry bit has stumped my imagination
    In my younger days, a couple of my mates went out with Bush Pigs. One had hairy bits under her arms but not a foot long
     
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  17. blair

    blair Well-Known Member

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    it may have been a "pat a puss" Noel
     
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  18. Old fisho

    Old fisho Well-Known Member

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    Got me stumped too. Like Diesel and he's not as old as me, I haven't got my head around that either. Perhaps one day it might all come back to me but doubt it.
    Noel
     
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