Stumbled across this fantastic picture yesterday and had to share it.
The photograph, taken by Cain Doherty is a once in a lifetime shot.
Cain describes how he came across this hardy platypus that is swimming in a stream with pieces of snow:
Rebecca and I considered ourselves incredibly lucky to share a few minutes with this timid Australian mammal. We were high up on the Cradle Plateau, near Kitchen Hut, trudging a 6 hour hike that runs up and across the face of Cradle Mountain, when we saw some movement in a shallow pool. This was the first time either of us had seen a Platypus so close and it was owed to the fact that it was trying to hide from us under some snow.
The Platypus is classified as a monotreme and has the bizarre characteristics of egg-laying abilities, venomous spurs, a duck-billed snout, a beaver-like tail and otter-like feet. I think you can understand it is truly unique!
Cain has an excellent photographic galley and we highly recommend you drop by and have a look at his work. His photographs can also be purchased for very reasonable rates.
The picture below, is of Sue and Clare walking towards Cradle Mountain and Kitchen Hut. This is the sort of environment the Platypus would have been inhabiting when Cain took his photograph - cold and snow covered.
Lake Elizabeth - Platypus in the Otways