While you’re out looking for a platypus, it’s important to record what you see so you can share this information with platypus researchers and scientists.
Aim to get a photo. A photo captured on a phone, even at a distance, is great. Good gear like a DSLR camera or long-lens can help too.
It’s also useful to make notes of things you notice, including:
If your phone has location settings in the camera app (most do by default) this will be captured automatically. Otherwise you can use a phone or GPS to take down the location. At a pinch you can estimate it after.
If you were lucky enough to see a platypus and get a photo you can upload your photos to social media using the hashtag #PlatyProject
We’d love to hear about your platypus encounters! If you’ve seen one send an email to [email protected]
That’s still really helpful information that contributes to platypus science! Visit https://platy-project.acf.org.au/, select ‘record a sighting’ and then select 'zero platypus' to record an attempted sighting. We’d also love to hear about your adventure by emailing [email protected]. You can upload photos of other plants and animals to a public and free community science app like iNaturalist.