6th grader Lucy submitted this informative and interesting piece about an equally interesting animal. Post your questions in the comments below and maybe she can answer them!
You might not know what platypi means, so I’ll tell you: Platypi is the plural of platypus. Platypi are my favorite animals for many reasons. One is that they are absolutely adorable. Another is that they are very strange, interesting animals that fascinate me in every way possible. I intend to tell you some of those things about them that make them so fascinating.
The first thing you might notice about them is that they seem to be a mix between a duck and a beaver. In my opinion, platypi are the closest thing to a hybrid that nature has to offer. The platypus looks like a slightly flattened, brown-furred cylinder with a beaver tail, a very large black duck beak that looks like it’s been squashed against its face, and four brown-furred legs stopped short by black duck feet.
They’re classified as mammals even though they lay eggs instead of giving live birth. Their fur looks like kiwi feathers, so it might actually be feathers. Maybe platypi are related to kiwis. They could be,since they live in the same area; Australia and and some of its surrounding islands.
Now, you won't learn this by looking at them, but when they’re swimming in the rivers and lakes that they live by, hunting for crustaceans and other things they eat, they not only close their mouths, but they also close their eyes, ears, nostrils! “Then how can they tell where they’re going?” You might ask. Good question! That’s one more fascinating fact about platypi. They actually have six senses: sight, hearing, smell, taste, touch, and an extra sense that they use underwater; electroreception. Electroreception is basically where they can sense movement through the electric field.
I hope that you learned a few new things by reading this, and that you learn more in the future. If they don’t teach it to you in school, do some research of your own and see what you can find! There's lots to learn. Just remember; platypi are amazing!