Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Divers Leap at the Chance of Close Encounter with a Platypus

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Divers Leap at the Chance of Close Encounter with a Platypus

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Grier Williamson

grier.williamson@dailymercury.com.au

HAVE you ever wanted to dive with platypuses and see them in their natural habitat?

There's only one place that can offer this experience in crystal clear waters and it's right here in Mackay's backyard.

Rainforest Scuba has been operating out of the Pioneer Valley for eight months. Director Luana Royle said she saw a market for social scuba diving at prime locations.

Mrs Royle said the divers she saw the most were on holiday, certified but amateur or had never dived in fresh water before.

But you don't have to be a certified diver to take part; the only requirement is that you're over the age of 12.

Rainforest Scuba dive spots are Eungella Dam and in the ocean, at Mackay's Harbour Beach. Oliver's Pool, near Finch Hatton, is where the platypus can be found.

C[pounds sterling]It's down the bottom of the (Finch Hatton) gorge, out of the (Eungella) national park and there's a nice little beach area,C[yen] Mrs Royle said.

C[pounds sterling]No one else has platypuses besides Australia and nowhere else in the world seems to have clear enough waters for you to dive and to see them. …

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