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PO Box 479, Horsham, VIC, 3402
Phone: (03) 5382 1544
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Community reports platypus sightings in Dimboola

Apr 23, 2018
 
Wimmera River at DimboolaWimmera River at Dimboola
Opera House found MacKenzie RiverOpera House found in MacKenzie River
April 2018

Yes you read correctly.
Dimboola residents and visitors – keep your eyes peeled for platypuses! 

Wimmera CMA hasbeen getting increased reports of different creatures found in our local waterways including platypus at Dimboola.

This year alone there have been Eels and Australian Bass found at Jeparit, and a Roach at Horsham.  

And now there have been two separate reports to PlatypusSPOT of platypus sightings for the Wimmera River at Dimboola. 

Wimmera CMA believes the water quality is good enough to support platypus here and we are asking to hear from others who may have seen the elusive creature at this location. Sightings in the Wimmera River have been few and far between since the drought worsened in the late 1990s. And it's been a very long time since we've had reports of platypus as far downstream as Dimboola. 

Any photos/videos of them would be amazing!

On a sad note, we were disappointed to find an opera house net in the MacKenzie River this month. We would like to remind everyone these traps are banned in waterways as they pose a massive risk to the rare and fragile platypus population that calls the Wimmera home.

If you see a platypus in a Wimmera waterway, report it to PlatypusSPOT. Or if you see any other creature of interest in our local waterways let us know by calling us on 5382 1544 or email wcma@wcma.vic.gov.au.