Desperate Whale Choking On Plastic Bags Approaches Fishermen For Help

A gang of Australian fisherman who were approached by a whale were shocked to discover that the desperate marine animal was choking on plastic bags and pleading for help.

Ivan Iskenderian removes the rubbish from the whale as Michael Riggio takes a selfie. Picture: Michael Riggio

The fishermen were anchored in Middle Harbour, north of Sydney when they noticed a barnacle-covered whale approach their boat. Not knowing quite what to expect, the deep sea anglers were taken by surprise when the friendly whale circled their boat, swam below the surface and began nudging it.

Manly Daily reports that 17-year-old fisherman Michael Riggio and his friend Ivan Iskenderian who took a “whale of a selfie” with the gentle giant, found the whole situation extremely surreal.

Delighted to be so close to a true marvel of the sea, the fishermen’s excitement was obvious, but at first they failed to notice the whale’s distress.

Ron Kovacs who was fishing in his own boat a short distance from the young fisherman and captured the event on camera, observed that the whale was bopping its head out of the water in an apparent plea for help to remove the “garbage” that was causing it considerable upset.

“He just popped his head up so you could reach out and remove the garbage. I made one grab for the bag but missed. He was very inquisitive and more interested in us. You could see that big eye coming out watching us. They are not dumb for sure.

“He has a big scar on his back. He had some fishing line and two plastic bags on his head. I managed to grab at it but missed. He later came up to a trailer boat and presented his head as they removed the bag and the fishing line.”

Ivan Iskenderian with the rubbish he pulled off the whale. Picture: Michael Riggio

After having the rubbish removed from its mouth, the grateful giant can be seen swimming away while flapping its fin in appreciation.

The whale shows the young fisherman its appreciation. Picture: Michael Riggio

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