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Platypus Swimming Underwater


 

The platypus swims and propels itself underwater by using its large webbed paddle-like front feet. It steers with its tail and rear feet. It can swim and dive at the rate of 12 meters per minute. While underwater the platypsus closes its eyes, nostrils and ears and uses its super-sensitive bill to navigate through the water. It usually remains submerged for about 4 minutes but it can stay submerged for as long as 14 minutes. The platypus has a very low above water profile making it hard to spot.

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