PLATYPUS IN THE YARRA RIVER, WARBURTON.
Platypus in the Yarra River, Warburton. These amazing little creatures with many curious features and attributes, is so ancient, its species has been dated back to 120 million years. Why when I saw it grazing on the river’s edge would I not want to try to hold and embrace it by capturing it for eternity for all. This is what a painter is morally obliged to do. - to inspire and question and make a record.
The platypus, is a small amphibious egg laying mammal called a monotreme.
Its sight, smell and hearing are shut down while being submerged to feed but it possesses electroreceptors in the skin of their duck bills.
The Platypus is one of five Monotremes of the world living only found in Australia and New Guinea.
The egg laying mammals feed their young with milk. They have no nipples for the baby to feed but the milk oozes out of mammary gland ducts and collects in grooves on their skin where the babies lap or suck it from tufts of fur.
The male has a venomous spur on the ankle.
With extensive webbed front feet the animal is propelled through the water and the partially webbed hind feet and tail are used as a rudder.