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In the rainforest the first sign of a Cassowary can quite often be a deep rumbling sound, they make this sound by resonating air in their chest cavity. A booming sound can also be the first sign that a Cassowary is nearby, this sound can carry great distances even in dense rainforest.
Cassowaries can swim the above recent photo shot just a day or two ago, is evidence of this incredible event photographed by two of our guests at the Hideaway over the weekend. Many people have expressed disbelief at a Cassowary swimming by choice in the Ocean. They have been observed swimming in the sea at Mission Beach to escape marauding dogs, although there were no dogs present in this photo shoot the bird is clearly enjoying the swim. They are also known to swim across the Daintree River, and take a bath in a mountain stream out of sight in the Rainforest.
Fortunately the Cassowary is able to shed water easily by shaking much like a dog, and is not bothered in the slightest by the occasional dip in the briny.
Cassowary plumage is thick and almost fur-like due to their double-shafted feathers which keep the bird relatively dry although it should be noted that they have very little ability to repel moisture like some water birds.
Quills are visible along the sides of the Cassowary, and they have a very thick plumage this assists the bird when travelling through the most thorny and inhospitable forest. They do this with relative ease even despite the ever present wait a while that would soon stop you or I in our tracks. There are about 6 long quills which curve around in front of the massive thighs that give this bird the reputation for so much power.