A whale has been filmed ‘asking’ for help extracting a plastic bag from her mouth. Not only that – but once the bag was removed – she even posed for selfies afterwards.

The group of fisherman who helped the mammal first noticed her after she nudged their boat to catch their attention in Middle Harbour, north of Sydney. She then circled the boat and swam underneath it.

The men then noticed she had rubbish bags and fishing line caught in her mouth and one of them – Ivan Iskenderian – quickly scabbled to pull both items out.

Ivan’s friend Michael Riggio, 17, snapped a few selfies with the whale while another fisherman Ron Kovacs filmed part of the encounter from another boat. Afterwards the whale was seen by the fisherman flapping her fin and swimming away – apparently a showing her appreciation.

Ivan described the moment as ‘unbelievable’, telling Manly Daily: ‘It was surreal. We couldn’t believe our eyes.’ The other fisherman Rob added: ‘He just popped his head up so you could reach out and remove the garbage. He tried on my boat but we are a bit higher.


Responses to "Whale ‘asks’ for help removing plastic bag from her mouth"

  1. Tertia says:

    Wonderful to see humans helping an animal for a change, beautiful!

  2. Courtney says:

    Goes to show, a whale knows that humans have arms and hands that, do things. Glad to see the men come to it's aid (y)

  3. greg says:

    when are we going to ban plastic bags? screwing sea life all around..

  4. Unknown says:

    big hug from Portugal <3

  5. Just how intelligent are they-amazing :)

  6. Unknown says:

    Totally AWESOME!! Wish the world had a lot more people like these guys! Thanks y'all for stepping up and doing the right thing !

  7. Unknown says:

    We have to get rid of all this plastic waste from the oceans. The beached dead whales in the UK had stomachs full of plastic. Don't use it if you can't guarantee that it will be recycled and not just dumped. Well done to all concerned in this great footage.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Sarah: 90% of the garbage in the oceans come from those wonderful cruise ships. Yep, the ones you just have to lay back and enjoy for 10 days. Out of sight, out of mind. Or the passengers just don't give a damn. Not sure which it is. Those ships pollute like crazy and not a thing is being done. Apparently they are in "No Man" waters so can't be told what to do. I say we should have "World Waters Assoc." and level fines so big they will really think hard and fast about their dumping. Just a thought.

  9. assissi3 says:

    Thank you so so much!

  10. Morgana says:

    They experienced magic moments by encountering this huge iconic and majestic mammal. I think they are the presence of God on earth to whom they understand what I mean. Anyway, many thanks to these good people

  11. Unknown says:

    Well done guys, so happy to see this and know that you helped a wild creature be safe again.. with love from The Soul Of The World ~

  12. Lell says:

    We have to ban plastic, it's killing so many creatures there are bio-degradable alternatives some of which turn into food, why aren't we using them? We need a world wide ban to stop this from happening. Same goes for fishing nets....

  13. Anonymous says:

    The more we interact with wildlife, the more we seem to learn. Maybe that's why the world is set up so we can't interact anymore.

  14. Anonymous says:

    I agree with previous posting. No man's water belongs to every man on earth. Only one problem with fining the hell out of those cruise ships. If they have to pay to dump their pollution, they will pass that onto their customers and apparently they won't pay more for the ticket. All about money, as usual.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Our dirty oceans are a result of several things. Cruse ships are only one. Am I the only one who remembers seeing photos of garbage barges taking full boats of garbage out into the ocean to dump it in cities like New York? Or how about all these people who spend the day at the ocean and leave their trash laying about. Tide comes in, trash goes out. Sail boats, fishermen, vacationers. There is an island of trash in a couple parts of our oceans. There should be away to clean this up but so far I haven't heard of anyone trying. How can we keep a very important resource (bounties from the ocean) healthy when we spoil it with our disposable left overs.

  16. Unknown says:

    This subject needs to be hammered home to all social media all the time by all available sources. Start with all cruise, all military sailing vessels, commercial shipping vessels, private and corporate yachts. Add a tax to fuel for all ocean going vessels.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Thanks to these kind hearted young men! - To the person who commented on not knowing of anyone who is trying to clean up the ocean - There is a young man named Boyan Slat who has invented a type of barrier to catch plastic waste in the oceans. Believe it is called the great ocean clean-up or something like that. Last I heard it had been used in trials and was doing a good job once the 'glitches' were remedied. Quite a complicated process. It was being hauled to the massive garbage patch in the Pacific.

  18. Unknown says:

    Thank you for helping that beautiful creature. She knew she could trust you and that you would help her.

  19. Whales are so intelligent and beautiful! Thank you so much for helping.

  20. cathy t says:

    oh wow such communication from animals to humans, the whale asking for help is so amazing, i love films like these, goes to show u some humans love and to help animals instead of killing THEM,BLESS . ty

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