I had no idea echidnas could swim. Apparently they do with ease. There are three linked clips here. Take three minutes of your life to learn a bit about the intriguing echidna. I grew up in the bush, so I am not unused to seeing echidnas. For our overseas friends, do remember to keep your distance from them if you visit Australia. The shooting spines are propelled at force and can hurt and perhaps even pierce your skin if you are very close. You will probably be staying in a building of bricks and mortar if you are a visitor and so you will be safe while you are indoors and of course they are very seldom seen in inner city areas, but our greening of the inner areas does mean there are more around than there used to be.
I was telling friends about the amazing swimming echidna and strangely they were interested. They subsequently offered opinions about other animals that could swim with ease. One friend who lives in an artist colony type outer suburb that starts with E and rhymes with Eltham said he has a resident echidna in his back garden. Seeing Bush Babes cattle swimming from an island isolated by flood water to dry land was amazing. One friend ventured that a breed of Turkish cats actually like swimming. 'Look it up on the net', he said. I moved to my favoured seat at the computer machine and called my friends over to see the screen. Being in a relaxed frame of mind, I entered 'Turkish pussy' into my preferred search engine, and, well, our friends all buttoned up their shirts, stroked their chins as they considered whether they needed to shave in the morning, and left. The internet can be very unreliable at times.