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Climate risk drives push to save Australia's weird, elusive platypuses
It only takes a rustle and splash of an orange buoy floating on the Thone River for two Australian scientists to know they've found what they're looking for: the elusive platypus.

Famed for its bill, webbed feet and venomous spurs, the platypus is one of only two egg-laying mammals in the world. Many Australians have never seen one in the wild.

The semi-aquatic animal is increasingly under threat from extreme weather events, spurring efforts to track their numbers and take steps to stem their decline.
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April 27, 2021
A University of New South Wales research team sets a fyke net to conduct a platypus population survey...
BOBIN, Australia
A UNSW research team sets a net to conduct a platypus population survey near Bobin
A University of New South Wales research team sets a fyke net to conduct a platypus population survey in a creek near Bobin, Australia, April 7, 2021. Picture taken with drone on April 7, 2021. REUTERS/Loren Elliott
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April 27, 2021
Dr. Gilad Bino, an ecologist from the University of New South Wales, conducts field research on a captured...
BYABARRA, Australia
UNSW ecologist Dr. Gilad Bino conducts field research on a captured platypus near Byabarra
Dr. Gilad Bino, an ecologist from the University of New South Wales, conducts field research on a captured platypus near Byabarra, Australia, April 12, 2021. Picture taken April 12, 2021. REUTERS/James Redmayne
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April 27, 2021
A platypus captured by a University of New South Wales research team is seen during fieldwork to collect...
BYABARRA, Australia
A platypus captured by a UNSW research team is seen during fieldwork near Byabarra
A platypus captured by a University of New South Wales research team is seen during fieldwork to collect population data near Byabarra, Australia, April 12, 2021. Picture taken April 12, 2021. REUTERS/James Redmayne
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April 27, 2021
A University of New South Wales research team sets a fyke net to conduct a platypus population survey...
BOBIN, Australia
A UNSW research team sets a net to conduct a platypus population survey near Bobin
A University of New South Wales research team sets a fyke net to conduct a platypus population survey in a creek near Bobin, Australia, April 7, 2021. Picture taken April 7, 2021. REUTERS/Loren Elliott
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April 27, 2021
Dr. Gilad Bino, an ecologist from the University of New South Wales, sets a fyke net to conduct a platypus...
BOBIN, Australia
A UNSW researcher sets a net to conduct a platypus population survey near Bobin
Dr. Gilad Bino, an ecologist from the University of New South Wales, sets a fyke net to conduct a platypus population survey in a creek near Bobin, Australia, April 7, 2021. Picture taken April 7, 2021. REUTERS/Loren Elliott
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April 27, 2021
A University of New South Wales research team sets a fyke net to conduct a platypus population survey...
BOBIN, Australia
A UNSW research team sets a net to conduct a platypus population survey near Bobin
A University of New South Wales research team sets a fyke net to conduct a platypus population survey in a creek near Bobin, Australia, April 7, 2021. Picture taken April 7, 2021. REUTERS/Loren Elliott
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April 27, 2021
A University of New South Wales research team sets a fyke net to conduct a platypus population survey...
BOBIN, Australia
A UNSW research team sets a net to conduct a platypus population survey near Bobin
A University of New South Wales research team sets a fyke net to conduct a platypus population survey in a creek near Bobin, Australia, April 7, 2021. Picture taken with drone on April 7, 2021. REUTERS/Loren Elliott
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April 27, 2021
Dr. Tahneal Hawke (L) and Dana Lanceman, members of a University of New South Wales research team, check...
BOBIN, Australia
UNSW researchers check a net during a platypus population survey near Bobin
Dr. Tahneal Hawke (L) and Dana Lanceman, members of a University of New South Wales research team, check a fyke net while conducting a platypus population survey in a creek near Bobin, Australia, April 8, 2021. Picture taken April 8, 2021. REUTERS/Loren Elliott
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April 27, 2021
Dr. Gilad Bino, an ecologist from the University of New South Wales, sets a fyke net to conduct a platypus...
BOBIN, Australia
A UNSW researcher sets a net to conduct a platypus population survey near Bobin
Dr. Gilad Bino, an ecologist from the University of New South Wales, sets a fyke net to conduct a platypus population survey in a creek near Bobin, Australia, April 7, 2021. Picture taken April 7, 2021. REUTERS/Loren Elliott
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April 27, 2021
Dr. Tahneal Hawke, a research assistant from the University of New South Wales, sets a fyke net to conduct...
BOBIN, Australia
A UNSW researcher sets a net to conduct a platypus population survey near Bobin
Dr. Tahneal Hawke, a research assistant from the University of New South Wales, sets a fyke net to conduct a platypus population survey in a creek near Bobin, Australia, April 8, 2021. Picture taken April 8, 2021. REUTERS/Loren Elliott
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April 27, 2021
A University of New South Wales research team sets a fyke net to conduct a platypus population survey...
BOBIN, Australia
A UNSW research team sets a net to conduct a platypus population survey near Bobin
A University of New South Wales research team sets a fyke net to conduct a platypus population survey in a creek near Bobin, Australia, April 8, 2021. Picture taken with a drone on April 8, 2021. REUTERS/Loren Elliott
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April 27, 2021
Dr. Tahneal Hawke, a research assistant from the University of New South Wales, checks a fyke net while...
BOBIN, Australia
A UNSW researcher checks a net during a platypus population survey near Bobin
Dr. Tahneal Hawke, a research assistant from the University of New South Wales, checks a fyke net while conducting a platypus population survey in a creek near Bobin, Australia, April 7, 2021. Picture taken April 7, 2021. REUTERS/Loren Elliott
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April 27, 2021
Dr. Gilad Bino, an ecologist from the University of New South Wales, conducts field research on a captured...
BYABARRA, Australia
UNSW ecologist Dr. Gilad Bino conducts field research on a captured platypus near Byabarra
Dr. Gilad Bino, an ecologist from the University of New South Wales, conducts field research on a captured platypus near Byabarra, Australia, April 12, 2021. Picture taken April 12, 2021. REUTERS/James Redmayne
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April 27, 2021
Dr. Gilad Bino, an ecologist from the University of New South Wales, conducts field research on a captured...
BYABARRA, Australia
UNSW ecologist Dr. Gilad Bino conducts field research on a captured platypus near Byabarra
Dr. Gilad Bino, an ecologist from the University of New South Wales, conducts field research on a captured platypus near Byabarra, Australia, April 12, 2021. Picture taken April 12, 2021. REUTERS/James Redmayne
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April 27, 2021
Dr. Tahneal Hawke, a research assistant from the University of New South Wales, prepares to set a fyke...
BOBIN, Australia
A UNSW researcher sets a net to conduct a platypus population survey near Bobin
Dr. Tahneal Hawke, a research assistant from the University of New South Wales, prepares to set a fyke net to conduct a platypus population survey in a creek near Bobin, Australia, April 8, 2021. Picture taken April 8, 2021. REUTERS/Loren Elliott
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April 27, 2021
A University of New South Wales research team sets a mesh net to conduct a platypus population survey...
BOBIN, Australia
A UNSW research team sets a net to conduct a platypus population survey near Bobin
A University of New South Wales research team sets a mesh net to conduct a platypus population survey in a creek near Bobin, Australia, April 8, 2021. Picture taken April 8, 2021. REUTERS/Loren Elliott
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