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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.
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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. 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. 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.

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