On Wednesday 25 January 2012, Lauren Keim, an East Brunswick resident and teacher at a local primary school rescued a large male platypus from the Merri Creek 200 metres north of Moreland Rd bridge.
The platypus was tangled in rubbish and debris and had a wound in his side. Lauren took the platypus to Essendon Emergency Vet who treated the platypus’ wound. The vet called a Wildlife Carer who took him to Healesville Sanctuary. After determining the platypus was healthy, Jessica Thomas, a Platypus Keeper at Healesville Sanctuary, decided that he should be released back where he had come from. So he was put back into Merri Creek.
Lauren has kept the tangled mess of rubbish to show her class and to educate them about rubbish in the creek.
Melbourne Water has advised that members of the public should not attempt to rescue platypus in trouble. Male platypus have a poisonous spur on their back legs that can cause serious injury to people. Platypus are also easily stressed through handling and can even die. If you see a platypus in trouble please contact wildlife specialist Josh Griffith – 0422-783-994.
We’d love to know if you’ve seen the Merri Creek platypus. Please contact us or make a report through our website animal sightings form.
On 20 January 2012, hundreds of dead carp were found in the wetlands upstream of Edwardes Lake in Reservoir (Edwardes Lake is on Edgars Creek, a major tributary of the Merri.) A large influx of organic matter used up oxygen in the water, causing it to turn black and smelly, leading to the death of aquatic life. Darebin City Council liased with Yarra Valley Water to pump some of the black water to sewage.
Blue Green algae bloom
Some weeks later a Blue Green algae bloom arose in Edwards Lake and this has been managed by council with advice from Melbourne Water. However, Melbourne Water tested the water quality downstream of the Lake found on Friday 24 February that the bloom has progressed downstream at least as far as Henty St. Reservoir (Melway 18 C6). Signage will be erected along the waterway at major public access points through to the confluence with Merri Creek.
See MCMC's additional submission on the conservation of Growling Grass Frogs for the Growth Corridor Biodiversity Strategy HERE (586KB pdf)
See MCMC's submission on the Growth Corridor Plan and Biodiversity Strategy HERE (2.5MB pdf)