Sunday 6 December 2015

Tasmanian wildlife take to water, with echidna and wombat found swimming far from shore

Fisherman scoops echidna from lake after it appeared to be swimming in an unwise direction, days after ‘distressed’ wombat rescued in similar circumstances

Wednesday 2 December 2015 06.26 GMTLast modified on Wednesday 2 December 2015

An echidna, an animal not often seen taking a dip, has been found swimming in Tasmania not long after fishermen hauled a wombat out of a different lake on the island with a net.

Recreational fisherman Nobby Clark said he spotted an echidna in Lake Echo swimming about 150m from shore – and heading further out.

Clark had been fly-fishing for about two hours when he saw the echidna swimming towards him. He told the ABC he’d mistaken it for another monotreme at first.

“I thought it was a platypus heading towards me but it turned out to be an echidna.

“His head would go under water and then his little periscope would come up for a moment and have a breath and head out a few more paddles. He was swimming pretty hard; I think he was trying to figure out how he was going to get home.

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