Platypus House and Seahorse World
10.02.2013 - 10.02.2013 25 °C
From Launceston we travelled north along the broad Tamar River to Beauty Point to visit Platypus House and Seahorse World.
Beautiful, exotic, mysterious and darn right odd are possible descriptions of the platypus. This reptile like mammal lays eggs and the male platypus have a hollow spur about 15 milimetres in length on the inside of both hind legs. This spur is connected to a venom gland, and the platypus uses this spur to defend itself against predators. Together with the echidna, it is the only species of monotremes: mammals that lay eggs instead of giving birth. Echidna are also known as spiny ant eaters.
Seahorses are my favourite small sea creatures. The male seahorse is equipped with a brood pouch on the ventral side of the tail. When mating, the female seahorse deposits up to 1,500 eggs in the male's pouch. The male carries the eggs for 9 to 45 days until the seahorses hatch and emerge from the pouch.