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. 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.

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