Motter, who plans to use the "extremely rare footage" in an upcoming documentary, says filming the platypus was one of the most difficult tasks he's ever undertaken, adding that "sometimes the luck is on your side."
Platypuses, which are native to eastern Australia and Tasmania, are typically wary of humans and are capable of delivering a painful, venomous sting with spurs on their hind legs for those who come too close. But unlike his notoriously shy counterparts, this particular platypus seemed more than comfortable to play the starring role in a film clip so many years in the making.
"We realized that the platypus wasn't scared at all," Moller said. "He even came close to the camera."