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Giant yellow duck goes missing off Australia

AFP  |  Perth 

An Australian swimming club is appealing for ocean watchers to find their giant yellow duck Daphne, after the mascot was blown into the with reported sightings hundreds of kilometres from where it was launched.

The duck, owned by Cockburn Masters Swimming Club, was last seen at Perth's in the early hours of March 11 as organisers prepared for a carnival.

Club said he tried to swim after Daphne, which is the size of a caravan, but it was moving too fast.

"I probably overestimated my ability and underestimated Daphne's hunger for freedom and she just bolted," Marr told the on Saturday.

"After 50 metres she was just gone baby, gone. I couldn't keep up."

The club has posted an appeal on for people to look out for the absconded bird, with a reward of free passes to next year's event as well as swimming merchandise if it is returned.

"We're expecting a ransom note," Marr quipped, adding that cost the club Australian dollars 900 (USD695).

"We'd look after them if they looked after us." The said there were rumours the duck had been spotted off the western coastal city of Geraldton, some 440 kilometres north of

Giant rubber ducks drew international attention in 2007 when Dutchman Florentijn Hofman created one as an artwork.

Hofman's 18-metre-tall bath toy travelled to different cities around the world, ranging from to Australia, and spawned many replicas.

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First Published: Sun, March 18 2018. 08:15 IST