By NBC News
August 12, 2015

An Australian fisherman says he had a close encounter with a whale when it apparently came looking for help.

Ivan Iskenderian was fishing with some friends in Middle Harbour, Sydney, when he spotted a whale in trouble swimming next to his boat, according to Seven Network, an Australian television network.

“It was lifting its head up and it had a bit of plastic bag and some fishing line on its head,” Iskenderian told the network.

Iskenderian said the whale just swam up next to him and his friends.

“I sorta just reached out, (the whale) sorta wanted me to grab…

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